Lexington, KY asked in Social Security for Kentucky

Q: Can SSI be garnished for Child support arrears?

Hi, Im a social worker I have a client who we have moved from homelessness to housing through our program. She has many medical issues and is in recovery from substance use, as well. She was recently awarded SSI and has a high child support arrears. Family court in her county is asserting that all her “backpay” will go towards child support and a majority of monthly SSI income, as well. If this happens she will be unable to pay rent after our housing program is over and she will end up homeless all over again. Her children are 19 and 17. We are so proud of the obstacles she has overcome and she needs help. I’m afraid that our inexperience will harm her case. This is completely over my head and Im seeking some guidance from the proper professionals that have the expertise in this area. Any feedback or assistance is SO appreciated! Thank you and have a great day!

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Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
Answered
  • Louisville, KY
  • Licensed in Kentucky

A: They cannot seize or garnish her ss for child support or anything else. In fact, you may be able to get ss to pay for the children from the time she applied for ss up though their emancipation. I would have her start paying a small amount towards the arrearage each week to show good faith, but no one can take her ss from her.

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