What happens to my SSI and or SSDI payments if I pay child support?

Child Support and Disability BenefitsWhen you become disabled, for whatever reason, it can be difficult to meet financial obligations. But what about child support and disability benefits?

If you have filed for disability benefits with the Social Security Administration, and you pay court ordered child support, keep up with these payments. In regards to child support, the award of disability benefits does not release you from these obligations. Therefore, no matter the status of your disability claim, do not stop paying your child support. Not paying child support is against the law.

SSI and Child Support


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability payments are awarded to people who have a very low income. As a result, when you receive SSI, it will not be garnished for child support. Child Support Guidelines specify that SSI is not income on the child support worksheet.

SSDI and Child Support

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are based on work earnings history, and therefore, considered income according to the Child Support Guidelines and it may be garnished. SSDI benefits are able to be garnished to satisfy the debt of back child support payments as well as the ongoing obligations.

If you are getting SSDI, your dependent child(ren) may be able to qualify for SSDI dependent benefits directly from the Social Security Administration. The amount awarded depends on the parent’s work history. This additional payment does not satisfy your child support that is owed.

We Can Help with Your Child Support and Disability Benefits

If you have questions about child support and disability benefits Disability Support Services can help. Our knowledgeable team can help you. Our expert team knows how to maneuver through the often confusing Maryland Child Support laws regarding your disability claim. Contact us and let’s get started, today!