If you are getting a divorce and you and your spouse have children, you
may have questions about your child support obligation, especially if
you are not currently employed and receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
SSI is a program administered by the Social Security Administration that
provides monthly payments to low-income, disabled or elderly people who
If you are a parent and SSI is your only source of income, you cannot be
forced to pay child support. This is because SSI is not considered income when calculating a child
support obligation. You must inform the court that SSI is your only form
of income, and present a statement from the Social Security Administration
in order to support your claim. If you have already been ordered to pay
child support before you began receiving SSI, you can ask for a modification
of the order.
If you are receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) payments, on the
other hand, you may still be responsible for paying child support because
this is considered a form of income. If you are earning a combination
of SSI and SSD benefits, in which your SSD is supplemented by SSI up to
the minimum level of SSI payment, it may be possible to argue that you
should not have to pay child support on the grounds that you are receiving
only as much as a person on SSI would get.
If you have further questions regarding your child support obligation,
we invite you to contact an Oregon divorce lawyer at McKinley Irvin. Recognized
as the Pacific Northwest’s premier divorce and family law firm,
we have extensive experience handling cases involving complex child support
matters. Because each case is different, we encourage you to speak with
one of our attorneys about your exact set of circumstances so that we
can advise you on your best course of action.
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to handle your case.