DEFINITION of 'Family Income Rider'

An addition to a life insurance policy that provides the beneficiary with an amount of money equal to the policyholder's monthly income if the policyholder dies. A family income rider is a type of death benefit, and specifies the term for the additional coverage. It eventually expires if it is not enacted.

BREAKING DOWN 'Family Income Rider'

In some cases, the beneficiary may choose a lump sum rather than receiving monthly payments. Younger wage-earners will typically choose a longer length of time for coverage because they have more working years left before retirement, and would therefore cause a larger financial hardship to their families if they died.

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