Social Security benefits used to calculate child support

Social Security benefits received by a father count when figuring out his child support obligation, the Mississippi Supreme Court recently ruled. The father’s only source of income was Supplemental Security Income benefits. After a paternity case, he was ordered to pay 14 percent of his income for child support.

The father objected, pointing to a federal law that says Social Security benefits can’t be withheld for child support payments. The court agreed that it couldn’t order the Social Security Administration to withhold his payments. But it could still order him to turn part of the money over to the mother after he received it, the court decided.