How the SSI or SSDI Affects Florida Child Support

Child Support Payments How the SSI or SSDI Affects Florida Child Support

How the SSI or SSDI Affects Florida Child Support

If you need to learn about SSI or SSDI, and their effects on Florida child support, you’re in the right place. No couple goes into a marriage expecting that it will be a temporary arrangement.

Divorce is not easy. Apart from the breakdown of a relationship with a partner, it has other negative outcomes, including familial and financial implications.

Note that children's mental health can be challenged when they are involved in a divorce since they are likely not to see both parents each day. Also, such children may have to go back and forth between homes on various occasions.

If you are divorced and are paying Florida child support, you may wonder how you will continue doing so if you can no longer work due to a disability. The reason is that a disability can change your life and prevent you from working.

When that happens, you will probably be receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Social Security Income (SSI), which implies that you may struggle to pay your Florida child support.

The good news is that there are options to help you manage your obligations.

And if you’re the recipient of child support, DoNotPay can help you file a demand letter for late child support payments.

The Difference Between SSI and SSDI

Disabled, low-income earners who do not have many assets can access SSI. On the other hand, employed persons who pay taxes from their income will have such funds go into the SSDI benefits fund. 

If such individuals have amassed enough cash into the fund and become disabled to the extent that they can no longer work, they can benefit from SSDI.

The implication here is that you were making more money in both situations before being disabled.

Usually, the monthly benefits of either of SSI or SSDI are well below what you were making before becoming disabled.

The Impact of SSI and SSDI When Paying Florida Child Support

Effects of SSIIf part of your money has been going towards SSI and you are paying Florida child support, here is what you can expect.

  1. You do not need to worry about your SSI payments being taken from you. That is according to Florida SSI laws.
  2. Your monthly child support payments may be reduced if you are on SSI.
  3. If the only form of income you have is from your SSI payments, the funds that should go towards child support may end completely.
  4. Your SSI payments may be counted towards your child support payments.
  5. When that happens, your payments may be lowered if the benefit amounts are below what you earned before you were on SSI.
Effects of SSDI
  1. You need to speak to your caseworker to see if your children can receive derivative benefits paid out by the Social Security Administration.
  2. Note that qualified persons who receive derivative benefits are separate from the SSDI you receive.
  3. You need to go to court to have your child support payments adjusted if a derivative benefit is paid out to your children.
  4. If derivatives reflect in your Florida child support payments, you only need to pay the remainder of what is left after your child receives their benefit instead of the full amount.

It is also advisable to visit the court to modify your payments to reflect a lower income even if your children do not qualify for derivative benefits. Understand that you can have your SSDI payments garnished if you are not paying what the court ordered you to pay.

As such, you can avoid severe financial strain by getting your payments modified as soon as possible.

Penalties for Overdue Child Support

  • Loss of professional licenses
  • The possibility of serving jail time until you pay the amount set by a judge
  • Driver's license suspension
  • Seizure of lottery winnings
  • Loss of license plate
  • Loss of vehicle registration, among others

Filing a Demand Letter for Late Child Support Payments Using DoNotPay

  1. Search child support on DoNotPay and enter the details of the person who owes the payments.


  2. Tell us more about the payment schedule, including the amount and frequency of the payments, the last payment they made and number of missed payments, and how much they owe you in total.


  3. Confirm your contact information and select whether you want us to mail or email the letter on your behalf. Choose how you would like to receive the payment and verify your signature.


Why Should You Use DoNotPay to File A Demand Letter for Late Child Support Payment?

DoNotPay is fast, reliable and successful. It’s like having an attorney on your side. You can rest easy knowing that all your Florida child support paperwork is filed correctly and sent to the right place.

But that’s not all you can do with the app.

What Else Can DoNotPay Do?

Ultimately, you cannot overlook the impact of receiving SSI or SSDI when paying Florida child support because it dictates your next course of action.

You should also consider signing up with DoNotPay today if you need help filing a demand letter for late child support payments. Remember, it’s like having a lawyer on your side. Try it today.

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