Does your child currently collect Social Security Disability benefits or Social Security Insurance benefits?
Depending on the types of benefits and the age of the child receiving the benefits, a modification of child support could adversely affect these benefits. In Indiana, benefits paid to a child over age 18 are not used in calculating child support. However, Social Security benefits can be reduced because the child is receiving child support and could potentially lose their Medicaid benefits. Before child support is modified, an attorney must consider what benefits the child is receiving, including derivative benefits received because the parent is on disability, and be aware of how that modification could affect the ongoing receipt of social security benefits. These Medicaid and Social Security benefits are a complicated maze to navigate when determining whether child support can and/or should be modified.