Child Support from a Father on Disability

Rebecca - posted on 10/30/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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For various reasons I don't want to explain here, I have never sought child support from the father of my baby. Now I'm facing some financial hardships that I wasn't previously and I'm running out of options. I have considered seeking child support, although the father does not have a job. He is on SSI disability, has been for a long time and will be forever so long as they let him. Obviously, with no job, he has no means of paying me support. Does anybody have any experience with this and have any idea how much, if any, support i could actually expect in this situation? I'm just considering options right now. Thanks for any input.

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Lisa - posted on 01/19/2013

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Two things. My daughter is now 25. I never got any child support from her father. I recently found out that he has been on social security disability insurance for the past 14 years. I am steaming to know I could have gotten a separate check for my daughter for up to 600 a month for all these years. Is there any way to still get that money?
Also child support was taken out of his check in the sum of $100 mthy and I never got a dime? The department of revenue had been sending me letters all these years saying they didn't know where he was. How is that possible when he has been in the gov system this whole time???
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Charlee - posted on 11/02/2009

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can i add something here. i have experience with this, i work for SSA in the disability department issuing payments for disability. file the child support order, and in your state let them know that he is on SSI. they can garnish his wages from SSI just as well as they can with an employer! and i will tell you, the federal government does not waste time doing that for single mothers! they will garnish that money fast as anything.. just as if he files taxes, federal or state after you file for support, they will intercept it (at least in MD they do) so i would file the support order from him. even if he is on disability, he still is a father, and needs to help support his child! good luck with your ventures

Katie - posted on 11/01/2009

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My children recieve dependant benefits because their father cannot work and is on ssdi. The amount your child recieves depends on the amount of work your ex did before he went on ss. Plus, my current husband ( we are seperated), pays child support to his first exwife for his first child. It is automatically taken out of his ssdi check. But to do this you have to have to go to court and have a judge make a garnishment on his ssdi check. You can possibly go to the local department of human services in your area and find free help to get child support for your child. Think of this way, you are not doing it for yourself you are doing it for your children. By not getting money from their dad to pay for his kids then you are cheating them. To get the dependant care money you just have to take proof that he is the childs father to social security office and tell them he has a dependant. This money does not come out of the fathers ss check, it is extra money ss puts aside for a persons dependants.

Andrea - posted on 01/04/2013

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Sorry, you may need to check with your state! You cannot collect child support from someone on SSDI in every case. There is a difference between SSD and SSDI, SSDI is income and need based, kind of like welfare disability payments and are hard to touch.

Greg - posted on 09/17/2013

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how can my ex recieve child support and im on ssdi and the child lives with me

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Rick - posted 6 days ago

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you can not get ssi disability money for support don't work like that only if he has worked and is getting some kind of retirement that's about it no judje in the world can take some ones money of there on mental disability

Rick - posted 6 days ago

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it depends what kind of ssi u are on if it is mental your not going to get any thing that's a fact in Pennsylvania. But if it is from working then yes u can put it this way if u get over 800 month then u can get support but don't count on much thow

Gwendolyn - posted on 03/19/2014

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Where do I look to find my daughter father that never been apart of her life please a cryin child

Peter - posted on 01/09/2013

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i can help you alot in this area...but it sounded like before you were doing fine..."now" you have hardships?.... so now go after your ex?... are these hardships child related?.. if all these hardships are related to your child i will help you plenty. if these hardships are yours and yours alone..and have nothing to do with your child or children...then learn how to balance your check book.

Taina - posted on 11/16/2012

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I recieve 533 for one child she is 12 he is on ssdi and has a court order I was just awarded ssdi for our child as well of 1010 a month plus waiting for her retro check he was behind in rears on his court order cs witch has been brought up to date hope this helps

Rhonda - posted on 09/29/2012

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What should I do ?? I just found out my ex is collect RSDI for him and my son. My son lives with me full time. My never sees him calls him or pays for him what should I do??

Susan - posted on 09/14/2012

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Yes I know someone on disabilty . His children get SSD AND child support taken out of his SSD check, After bills related to health he only has 100.00 left over. He know he need to support his children, but he cant even afford a house, food or nothing. All the mom does is stay at home and collect food stamps and medicare...Sad

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I know of someone in a similar situation. From what I understand, it's some kind of government assistance she receives because her kids' father is on disability. Sorry I don't know much more. You may want to call the child enforcement department in your area. They may be able to provide you with more information or at least get you to someone who knows.

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