Fun story, you actually have no choice whether or not you get SS benefits. My best friend knocked up a junkie online. They had a kid and he ended up taking 100% custody since she's a drug using loser. She recently got SS benefits since our government decided that being a drug user (or "depressed") is a disability.
Since the mother gets SS benefits, even though she has 0% custody, her children get SS benefits. My friend, who is very rich via family, called our government and said he doesn't need their $1,000 a month. They told him "you could be Bill Gates and you're still getting this money".
"If we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed." - Thomas Jefferson