Finding out about disability benefits for your kids
So, you find out that the non-custodial parent of your children is applying for disability benefits. You heard somewhere that the kids may be eligible for benefits. Even more, the non-custodial parent owes child support. Now, you’re thinking “how do I find out if my kids will start getting money?” or “how do I get child support from his disability?”.
Here are few things you need to know:
- The Government KNOWS already!! Child support is one of the few programs that actually can be garnished from Social Security. The Child Support Agency and SSA work closely with each other so SSA will notify Child Support regarding any approval for disability benefits.
- Some Disability programs may not be garnished! Typically, Supplemental Security Income is not normally garnished. So, if the parent gets SSI, you may not be able to garnish those money.
- It’s all in how you ASK your question. You don’t have RIGHT to know if the person is approved. SSA is not going to give you that information. However, if your CHILDREN are eligible to receive benefits based on the non-custodial account, they will typically take your children’s information and NOTIFY YOU once the children becomes eligible (in other words, if the non-custodial parent is approved and the kids are eligible, you can apply for the kids). All you have to do is notify SSA that you believe the non-custodial parent has applied for disability and you believe the children may be eligible. SSA will tell what you to do.
- You may not have any options so you need to speak with Child Support or a Family Lawyer. Sometimes, you may need to speak with a Family lawyer to best determine what you need to do if there is nothing to obtain from Disability.
I know it’s frustrating but if you don’t know if you can get any benefits for your children relating to the non-custodial parents disability, you need to either contact 1) child support agency, 2) SSA, or a 3) a family lawyer.