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– from Jeffery H. in Bayside, WI

Question Details:

I have been out of work due to an injury. I am receiving SSI payments, but that’s my only income. The court informed me that I am still required to pay child support and handed me a seek-work order. They also said that my SSI benefits were eligible for child support payments. Can they do that?

Family Law Attorney Response:

Honestly, you should seek the representation of a qualified family law attorney right away.

I can answer your question best by referring to the case of Langlois v. Langlois 150 Wis. 2d 101, 441 N.W.2d 286 (Ct. App. 1989). In this instance, the father motioned to modify his child support payment and vacate a seek-work order. The circuit court denied his request. The father appealed, and the court of appeals reversed the decision that his SSI benefits were subject to child support payments, but affirmed the seek-work order. Legal representation will be able to navigate the judicial system and help you to find a reasonable and lawful outcome.

Trisha Festerling, J.D.

Family Law Attorney

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