Social Security and Back Child Support Obligation

I am about to retire. I owe back child support. Will my Social Security retirement be garnished? How much of it can be taken?

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June 2, 20190 found this helpful

It is my understanding that your social security cannot be garnished. You can go to socialsecurity.gov. and double check with their site.

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June 2, 20190 found this helpful

It can be garnished depending upon your other assets. Every case is different. You need to contact Social Security.

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June 2, 20190 found this helpful

Social Security has laws/rules that have to be followed but states have rules and these can differ with each state so you should start with a personal visit to your SSA but you will then have to discuss this with whatever agency is responsible for collecting the child support.

States can have different rules about how long ago the child support was due as well the ages of the children and also the percentage that can be collected/withheld/garnished.

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You can go to your local family services office and ask for legal assistance so you will know how your state handles this type of payment.

If your SS monthly payment is mixed with other funds in a bank account, you may have trouble keeping your other money safe from garnishment so you should check with an attorney so you will know where you stand.

Back payment/arrears in child support rarely just 'go away' so you need to talk with an attorney especially if you have other assets that can be seized for payment.

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