Survivor advantages are accessible for particular members of the family so long as you accumulated the 40 credits prior to dying.
Your kids might qualify for 75% of one's Social Safety advantages according to your record of contributions, up till they turn 18 years old (or 19, within the case of a kid nonetheless in elementary or secondary college). As for the spouse, she or he can obtain a decreased advantage (71.5% of one's advantages) as early as age 60, or your complete advantage following reaching complete retirement age. These advantages will continue indefinitely unless your spouse remarries.
Advantages for the spouse and children are also restricted by a family members maximum, that is the maximum quantity that may be paid out of your earnings record. For much more particulars on survivor advantages, take a look at the Social Safety Administration's Website.