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How will receiving child support affect my child’s SSI?

POSTED BY Jan Dils . March 3, 2018

SSI and Child Support

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a program administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to assist people with a limited income who are blind or disabled.  This program may also cover an eligible child who is not married and under the age of 18 (or under the age of 22, if a full-time student).

One of the most common questions a parent or guardian may have is how SSI eligibility and benefits will be affected for a child receiving child support.

The Social Security Administration defines child support as payments from a parent to be used for a child’s needs, such as food and shelter. These payments are classified as unearned income for the eligible child.

Currently, one-third of monthly child support payments are excluded from countable income when calculating the benefit amount for a child approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  The remaining two-thirds of the monthly child support payment is countable income and may be used to reduce the amount of SSI benefits a child will receive.

For example, a parent has custody of one child who has been approved for Supplemental Security Income benefits and receives $240 per month in child support from the absent parent for the support and maintenance of the child.

When calculating the SSI benefits for the child, the Social Security Administration will exclude $80 of the child support payments, and the remaining $160 will be subtracted from the SSI Federal benefit rate as countable income.

It is important to note that child support is just one of several types of income that can affect your child’s eligibility and benefit amount under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.

For more information about  SSI and Child Support SSI  check , SSI eligibility , SSI attorney, WV child support  and to know about social security for children., or for help in determining whether your child is eligible for SSI and child support, call our office today and schedule a free consultation from our Social Security Disability attorney Virgnia  at 1-877-JANDILS.

(Written by special guest blogger Cheli Dyer, Attorney)


  1. David S Seelye on May 28, 2018 at 2:57 am

    My former wife is receiving ssi for our adult son who has special needs. I’m also paying $300.00 a month for child support. Is she entitled to both?

    • Robert on June 29, 2019 at 12:55 pm

      I’m paying 500 a month on my adult daughter who is special needs. My ex wife is now telling me I have to continue to pay until she is 21 , is this true ? And should I still be paying this much if she receives ssi?

      • Jan Dils on July 9, 2019 at 2:03 pm

        Please call our office for a free consultation! 304-428-8900

  2. Mary Cubbon on June 16, 2019 at 3:35 am

    I have applied for child support modification and my daughter receive SSI. Each month SSI varies due to my part-time income.

    Are the courts in Arizona going to consider SSI and not provide the increase child support modification and EXCUSE MY EX from paying child support any higher because SSI is paying instead our disabled daughter?

    How does that work?

    • Jan Dils on June 26, 2019 at 5:10 pm

      You will have to contact your local Social Security office, each state has varying laws.

  3. jelly on June 26, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    I am on ssi and I pay 250$ a month out of my check..we have avoided the attorney general because neither of us were married nor can we afford the cost or trouble. is there an alternative way of doing things that we both might agree on a new arrangement of child support and make it a win win for both parties? the child support is for one child. i’m told that i’m over paying. don’t get me wrong my kids worth every bit of it I just want to know if there might be a different way.

    • Jan Dils on June 26, 2019 at 5:08 pm

      This is a great question! Call our office at 304-428-8900 to speak with someone about this and get a free consultation.

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