Disability Benefits Seized for Child Support
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits can be taken or seized for child support.
SSDI is a federal insurance program that is funded by a payroll tax. Only those who have paid a certain amount into this insurance program (which is almost everyone who works) can apply for benefits. If you qualify for SSDI and receive monthly payments, these payments can be taken or seized for child support. In order for this to happen, the parent with child custody must prove you have not been making your child support payments. Your SSDI payment might then be reduced to reflect the payment being removed and sent to the parent with child custody. If you are entitled to back pay when your SSDI application is approved, the back pay can also be taken or seized if the parent with custody can prove that you have not been making your child support payments.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits can not be taken or seized for child support. SSI is considered a public welfare benefit. SSI is funded by the federal government and just like food stamps or other welfare programs; these benefits cannot be seized for child support.
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