Parent Withholding Social Security Disability from Child

I'm the father of a 8yr old and I don't work; I'm disabled. So she gets SS monthly, but it goes directly to her mom. We're not together, but recently my 8yr old has told me that her mom keeps telling her that she's not going to get money for her anymore and keeps holding the money from her. When she asks for stuff she says no. I keep telling her that she still is getting money so that if she needs anything to ask her mom, but she keeps telling her the same thing. I have brought it up to her mom and she say it's not true. She just got a new truck and I feel that she is using the money on it. Is there anything I can do like, report her?

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February 21, 20170 found this helpful

Please be very careful as when separated (not divorced?) parents have children, there are many times cases of misunderstood "happenings".
First - are you receiving SSDI or SSD? Is this the reason your daughter is receiving benefits? A qualifying parent can also receive a check, (not if from SSI) usually until the child is 16 years (but many times checks can stop at an earlier age).
So you can see there are many variables to consider (and these are only a few of them).
You can take your daughter to your local Social Security office and ask your questions and they can explain how the money is supposed to be used as it it for the care and support of the child and the mother is required to submit reports as to how the money is used.

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Perhaps you and your daughter feel the money is for her to use but this is only partially true. You need to visit your SS office and get your answers as this is not a good thing for you and your daughter to be discussing without the correct knowledge about these benefits.

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February 21, 20170 found this helpful

That money should be spent on your daughter. I would report it to Social Security. The mother might have to account for the money

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February 21, 20170 found this helpful

sS checks are not supposed to be given to the child for what the child wants. They are for the care of the child. If she lives with her mom, then the checks are most likely made out to the mom, for the care of the child. Mom I assume pays the rent, utilities, buys her food, her clothing, pays scout dues, buys school lunches, provides her insurance, pays for gas and insurance and car payments to drive her to places, pays the doctor and for her prescriptions, clothing, school supplies.....that is what the money is for.

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You state she is 8 years old. No one should be giving money to an 8 year old when she asks for things. What is she asking for? Toys? Games? Thats not the purpose of the money.
If 3 people are in the house, then according to ss, 1/3 of the household expenses would be the childs expenses.
Mom fills out a form with ss each year to account for the money. If ss finds fault with it, they will stop the money.
Is your child not dressed or homeless or hungry? If so, then you have a case. If not, then you don't.

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