SSD and the Obligation of Child Support Payments
When a person receives Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, it is a huge-life changer. These benefits provide financial relief and support for people who are unable to work. However, even when an individual receives SSD, they may still have other financial obligations. One of these is paying child support.
Does SSD Affect Child Support?
If someone is paying child support, that obligation does not go away when they apply for disability or begin receiving benefits. Even when a parent qualifies for disability, a minor child is still entitled to benefits if they are:
- Under the age of 18, or still in the 12th grade
How Benefits Impact Child Support
In Florida, the child’s benefits are subtracted from the disabled parent’s payment. If the benefits are less than the court-ordered obligation, the disabled parent must pay the rest. However, if the benefits are more than the obligated amount, the full amount still goes to the minor child. Simply put, the disabled parent provides child support from their disability benefits. But they are still responsible for paying anything that isn’t covered by their SSD benefits.
If a parent is applying for SSD, but has a child support obligation, they can ask the court for a modification in their child support payments. This modification might reflect the parent’s income or ability to pay. In some situations, the court lowers the obligation until the disabled applicant receives their SSD benefits.
SSD is complicated. Adding the obligation of child support payments makes it even more confusing. This is why it’s always important to contact a qualified SSD attorney during the process.
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