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  • Feb 13, 2013 12:58 PM
    Last: 8yr
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    It is hell to get child support if you're the father. My husband and I have custody of his child and despite court orders signed by a judge, the state has decided that because the mother is on SSI, she does not have to pay child support. So no matter what a judgment says, the state apparently can override a judges decision. She has not seen her child in 8 years and when we were fighting the system to get support, she didn't even contact the state to try and request a visit with the child. Last count is we are owed over $12,000. In the meantime, she's using the money from SSI for drinking and drugs (as indicative of her arrest reports).
  • Mar 01, 2013 12:24 PM
    Last: 1yr
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    Thank you Meridian, and I'm actually from Baton Rouge so appreciate the Southern kinship. Oh the process with Social Security is they have all the information. We are told that the SS denies EVERYONE the first time so we feel it's a racket. We now have to hire an attorney to fight the appeal and are told that it will take a minimum of 15 months for the appeal to be heard. Additionally they get a percentage of the backpay my husband would get. Sure sounds like a setup to us. I am in the process of trying to contact everyone in the US Senate (completed) and House of Representatives (in process) requesting that they examine this problem and enact legislation to stop this kind of treatment by Social Security. In the meantime, we languish on welfare.
  • Mar 01, 2013 12:24 PM
    Last: 1yr
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    We went from $80,000 to $25,000 a year to welfare. I lost my job and have been unable to find one in six years in an economically depressed area. We have custody of my stepdaughter. We get no child support because the system is built so that mothers on SSI do not have to pay child support. So despite trying and trying to get child support we finally gave up. My husband was extremely frustrated with that. Then he lost his job because he is going blind at the age of 44. Now we are battling Social Security because despite being totally blind in one eye and rapidly losing sight in the other eye, social security has determined that he can work. Good Lord, he can't even drive. So we have descended into the nightmare of welfare. And not because we wanted to, but it is a trap. My stepdaughter is also on SSI because of physical problems that she has. We have food stamps and health care provided by the state. That healthcare provided a cornea transplant for my husband last December. He will be scheduled for another one at the end of this year in the other eye on which we must depend on the state to provide financial assistance. So if I go to work (the mom) and earn money, the stepdaughter's SSI is decreased based on the amount I earn, and our food stamps and healthcare are either reduced or eliminated. So we are stuck in this awful trap. It's not pretty and trust me, we don't get $5k a month. With all of our resources (excluding healthcare and foodstamps) we have $236 a month to pay for utlilities, gas, toilet paper, etc. When the toilet paper runs out, oh well...... We hate it.