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Child Support vs SSI?

My grown son is disabled (cerebral palsy, his physical ability is that of a 10 month old). I have over the years been awarded child support in excess of what SSI would provide for our son. My ex-husband (dad) believes that since SSI is available or an option should he not pay his support, that that should absolve him of his duty to support his son and that his son should get SSI instead.

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I disagree. I feel like SSI is a form of welfare and since our son has 2 parents who are both financially able to support him (we both work and make a decent wage), we should be responsible to do that, not have our son receive SSI because we no longer want to have that responsibility. Am I wrong?

By Nonya

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August 14, 20130 found this helpful

Check with your local Social Security Office. Does your son still live with you or is he in some kind of home? My thought is unless you have some kind of trust fund set up for him to care for his expenses after you and your ex-husband are gone, you should have your son either on SSI or Social Security Disability.

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You won't be around to take care of him forever. If he still lives with you, you should make sure there are arrangements in place so that he is cared for when you can no longer do it.

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August 14, 20130 found this helpful

I should also have added, that depending on your total income and what he gets in child support, he could still qualify for some disability income.

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August 14, 20130 found this helpful

I should also have added, that depending on your total income and what he gets in child support, he could still qualify for some disability income.

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August 15, 20130 found this helpful

If your son is disabled he is able to receive Medicaid Payments. He may be able to draw SSI from your husbands SS account. You can call or go to local SS office and find out. Now that he is an adult, he can draw money from the state. If you and your husband have money to take care of him, this money could be put in an account just for him incase something happens to you and / or your husband, so he can still get he care he needs.

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He should also be able to get Medicaid medical insurance that will pay for all his medical needs. Good Luck! I think your husband is right.

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