Child support Disability checklist
Sometimes, parents of kids don’t have a complete understanding of what happens when someone gets disability benefits and how that affects the person’s child support obligations.
In an effort to provide some assistance for both disability claimants and any affected custodial parents, here are a few things to consider at different phases of the disability process:
BEFORE YOU FILE FOR DISABILITY
1. Just because you intend to apply for disability does not mean you’re disabled
2. Talk to a family lawyer to see what impact of you about to file for disability would have on your case
3. Make sure you file sooner than later.
4. Tell SSA about your child support obligation (Trust me, they will find out anyway) and ask what impact it may have on your claim if you are approved
AFTER YOU FILE FOR DISABILITY
1. Talk to a family lawyer to see what impact of you filing for disability
2. Find out if the court (or Department of Revenue) will take your disability application into consideration
3. If you have an attorney, ask them to provide a ‘status’ letter telling the court about your pending disability application.
4. If you have a child and you think the non-custodial parent has applied, ask SSA how you will be notified if the person is approved.
AFTER YOU ARE APPROVED FOR BENEFITS
1. Just because you are approved, you are still responsible for child support.
2. If you have are the disability claimant, find out if the disability program you have been approved can be garnished.
3. If you have custody of your kids and the claimant received disability benefits, contact SSA
4. SSA will not notify the court on your behalf so you are responsible for letting the court know about your benefits.
Why would you need a child support disability checklist? Because it’s important that you have an idea of how your disability benefits may interact with your child support obligations.