Question: My husband committed suicide. Will I and my 7-year-old daughter be eligible for survivor benefits?

Answer: As long as you and your husband were married for more than nine months, the fact that the death certificate says "suicide" should not impact your ability to collect a survivor benefit for yourself and your child, says Rob Kron, the founder of Leading Perspective.

"If you were not married for at least nine months prior to your husband's death then Social Security could deny your claim," he says. "You should apply either way.

Note: Your 7-year-old will be eligible for a benefit and you would also be eligible for a benefit until the child reaches the age of 16. The child can continue to receive a benefit until they turn 18 or 19 if still in high school. If they are permanently disabled prior to the age of 22, then the child could collect the benefit for the rest of their life.

If you are still working, your benefit would be reduced $1 for every $2 she makes above $17,640. The child's benefit would not be impacted by her earnings.

Read more from the Social Security Administration: Benefits Planner: Survivors

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Question: My husband committed suicide. Will I and my 7-year-old daughter be eligible for survivor benefits?

Answer: As long as you and your husband were married for more than nine months, the fact that the death certificate says "suicide" should not impact your ability to collect a survivor benefit for yourself and your child, says Rob Kron, the founder of Leading Perspective.

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