In this video attorney Francis Jackson of the law firm of Jackson & MacNichol conducts a live Q & A session on Social Security Disability Training and answers the question: Is there an age cutoff to receive survivor benefits for a 19 year old whose mother has passed away? No, however the situation changes if they get married. The theory behind survivor benefits is that the government is standing in the place of the person who died or became disabled and they are going to protect the survivors because there is no one else to do it. There is no cutoff age for any child that became disabled before the age of 22. But if the person marries someone other than another SSI recipient, the assumption is that the person has now become legally responsible for them and the government does not have to be responsible for them anymore and the benefits stop.