Child Support and SS Survivors Benefits

My ex pays child support. He is court obligated to pay 70% of my daughter's medical. We have been divorced 13 years. I have never had his support raised. I remarried, so I never pursued him for his part of the obligation.

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My current husband died last year. My daughter collects SS survivors benefits as his step-child. As a single mom, I can no longer pay her medical bills on my own. My ex carries insurance on her. He has an HRA which is always empty when she needs it, so I pay out of pocket. If I take him to court to raise his child support and try to collect on his part of her medical bills, will she lose her survivors benefit?

Will her benefits be calculated as my income, possibly lowering his child support obligation? I'm a full-time student with a part-time job, making $100 monthly. Our daughter is 16. He hasn't contacted either one of us since she was three. He just hangs up on me when I call.

By Carolina S.

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January 23, 20140 found this helpful
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I do not know which state you are in, but we live in GA. While raising a troubled Grandchild, we had to sue each parent for child support. As others here have suggested, your state's child support enforcement office should be able to handle having your ex's matters examined. They are able to garnish his pay and have the money sent directly to you. We were able to receive back support and medical expenses, as well.

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You also can go, (plan to spend a long time), to the Social Security office. Your daughter's SSI may change if her child support is increased. Does she qualify for medicaid? That would cover her medical bills.
Also, try contacting the Patient Advocate Foundation. com.
They try to match you with sources that may be able to help you with medical bills and prescriptions. I wish you luck.

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January 22, 20141 found this helpful

Call your local Social Security Office and schedule an appointment to find out about this. Also contact your local office of Child Support Enforcement. It is time to get an increase in child support and find out about the health insurance situation. If he doesn't meet his requirements, there are various things that can be done to him through the law. Maybe you will have to take time off from school and get a full time job.

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October 10, 20170 found this helpful

This child is eligible for Medicaid and SSI under state law. Now get a lawyer and get cracking before this child turns 18 or you will be out of luck.

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January 22, 20141 found this helpful

You should be receiving Survivor's Benefits, too.

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January 22, 20141 found this helpful

How many hours a month do you work that you only make $100.00 a month? There isn't any reason you can't be working more hours a month, because at $7.50 an hour which is a little more than minimum wage you are only working a little more than 13 hours a month.

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You could be working 20 hours a week.

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January 23, 20140 found this helpful

You need to call social security. We are not experts in the field - they are. If the ex husbands support it was court ordered, I would go back to the court and have his wages garnished for him to pay what he is supposed to be paying.

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December 1, 20150 found this helpful

Wow, you people are harsh, maybe she is going to school to better herself so she can get a better job. And maybe the $100.00 is the survivors benefits, we don't know. But yes definitely dogo to your local Social Security office to get the information, and go and modify his child support. Yes she is 17 she might be thinking of college herself and he should help pay for that.

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October 10, 20170 found this helpful

Two make a child not just one.

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