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nothingbutquestions posted a topic in Social Security, Super, Taxes, Disability, Age Pension, etc.I grant you that to know the real practical application of Survivor Benefits you must be deceased. So I'm searching for first-hand knowledge from a friend/ relative of a deceased foreigner who left behind a fathered child and a non-US citizen Filipina spouse. The questions is answered in SSA doublespeak (or even in rather clear English) and we can quote it ad nauseum, but is that how it REALLY works in the real world? Normally any encounter with our government has its share of snags and obstacles and interpretations by various bureaucrats twisting unambiguous English to fit their current agendas. SCENARIO UNDER CONSIDERATION: A male US citizen receiving SS retirement marries a Filipina in the Philippines AND they never go to the States. They have a child and register the child at the US Embassy as a US citizen. Husband dies. Will his survivor benefits for his child (NO SPOUSAL BENEFITS IN PLAY HERE) be hindered in any way for any reason? Will his widow be allowed to receive the benefits on behalf of their child? OR Must the checks be issued to the child? What pre-death arrangements should be taken (courts, petitions, guardianships, etc.) to insure the smoothest transition possible for the economic security of his child? DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW THIS WORKS IN REAL LIFE AND NOT FROM WHAT IS PROCLAIMED ON THE WEBSITE? If you do I appreciate your sharing.