Re: Deadbeat Dad gets SSI can my child collect on his record?
Laws concerning child support vary from state to state. I would check the SSA site for a general answer or contact your local SSA office. I do know that I worked in that area of enforcement and if a non-custodial parent was disabled, that I could check with SSA office to verify and if they were drawing SSD the child could receive a check on that parent's work record in lieu of child support payments. It seems that this person may not have had the required work record to draw SSD, so he/she is on SSI. Those funds are usually under some state monitoring/authority, so you would have to check to see if the child would be eligible in the state in which you reside. I would follow through with your Child support office to have them verify that the NCP is in fact disabled and receiving benefits and then I would follow through with the SSA office to inquire about your child's eligibility. Good luck to you, I hope others will chime in with their experiences in this instance.
I checked the SSA site and unfortunately they do not pay SSI to dependents. So I would check to see if your state offers some assistance programs that may help such as food stamps, health programs for medical, or cash assistance in this instance. I would verify if the NCP is actually on SSI and not SSD though. Do you know if that person worked for any length of time before becoming disabled? It would not hurt to check that fact. I wish the news was better. Also, you may find a past thread "Living on fixed income" helpful as it had some great tips on cutting costs in instances such as these. I do hope you can find some help. I know I was in a similar situation as a single mom at one point and it definitely is not easy.
Last edited by goldyfm; 06-11-2010 at 08:46 AM.
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