Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Support in Dispute for Disabled Child

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Support in Dispute for Disabled Child

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Q: Our daughter, 13, has been disabled since birth and will never get any better. She requires expensive medication and constant observation and is hospitalized regularly.

When my husband and I were divorced six years ago, child custody obviously was not an issue, but child support was. After a bitter struggle, my husband was required to pay $350 per month.

Because of our child's needs, I was required to reduce my hours in order to care for her and finally, after nearly 2 1/2 years, I began getting SSID (Supplemental Security Income Disability) benefits of nearly $250 per month. No sooner do I clear this hurdle than I get sued by my ex, who wants a reduction in support. Because "federal law" is involved, several lawyers have refused to take my case and another one wants a fortune to handle this for me.

What can I do?

A: Supplemental Security Income Disability (SSID) is a supplement to help pay medical expenses for disabled children. According to Social Security regulations, these payments are raised or lowered depending on the amount of support the disabled child receives from his/her parents. …

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