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Family Pet Fair Sat October 3 10AM-2PM

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The Green Law Firm of Jacksonville, P.L.
p: (904) 900-4778
546 Lomax St
Jacksonville, FL 32204

The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based on advertisements. The information contained within this site is not intended as legal advice. Additionally, contacting us alone does not create an attorney client relationship. Please contact us to set an appointment to discuss your particular legal needs.

Retirement and Child Support- Can It Support a Modification or Will Income be Imputed? 

Child support obligations are generally modifiable upon a showing of a substantial change in circumstances and if it is in the best interest of the child. When retirement is voluntary, but occurs at  “normal retirement age,” courts are generally willing to reduce or terminate the support obligation. However, where retirement before age 65 is not required for health reasons, mandated by the employer or deemed reasonable by the court, modification of support based on retirement will usually be denied and thus, income will be imputed (Ward v. Ward, 502 So.2d 477).

Imputing income basically means that the court treats the parent’s income as if it is more than what the parent is actually earning. If a court determines that a parent is unemployed, underemployed or making less than what he or she was previously making to avoid child support payments, the court can impute a certain amount of additional income to that parent. In ruling on a voluntary retirement is reasonable, Florida courts will consider that payor’s age, health, and motivation for retirement, as well as the type of work performed and the age at which others engaged in that line of work normally retire. (Vriesenga  v. Vriesenga, 931 So.2d 213).  The court will also consider what harm, if any, would occur to the child from the reduction in child support. If the modification is not in the best interests of the child, the court won’t approve it.

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The Green Law Firm of Jacksonville, P.L.
p: (904) 900-4778
546 Lomax St
Jacksonville, FL 32204

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CAN I APPLY FOR SOCIAL SECURITY RETIREMENT AND SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY AT THE SAME TIME?

Yes.  If you meet certain criteria, you may apply for Early Social Security Retirement and Disability at the same time.  You should always discuss this option with an attorney first, however, so that you do not endanger your entitlement to benefits.

While there may be an advantage of having some income from collecting Early Retirement from THE Social Security ADMINISTRATION while waiting for your Disability determination (which can take approximately MONTHS), there are risks to applying for both programs at the same time. If you loose your Disability claim, you will be stuck receiving the reduced Retirement amount forever.

If you win your Disability claim, it will depend on when the Social Security Administration decides you became disabled. Your benefits may still be reduced, depending on this.

You should discuss your options with a lawyer before you apply with the Social Security Administration.

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p: (904) 900-4778
546 Lomax St
Jacksonville, FL 32204

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Social Security Disability – Can You Work While Your Claim Is Pending?

Yes. However, it is important that you talk to a lawyer before doing so.

So long as your earnings are not at the level of Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA), which for 2014 is $1,070 per month generally, the work should not bar your claim. If you exceed this amount, the Social Security Administration will find that you are not limited enough to be disabled.

If you try to go back to work but the attempt to do so fails, this fact can even be used to help your lawyer build your case in certain circumstances. Many judges will respect a person’s attempt to support themselves by continuing to try to work. However, it is very important to be honest with the Social Security Administration about trying to work.

It is also possible to try to return to work after you have been approved for Social Security Disability, but this will be discussed further in a later post.

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The Green Law Firm of Jacksonville, P.L.
p: (904) 900-4778
546 Lomax St
Jacksonville, FL 32204

The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based on advertisements. The information contained within this site is not intended as legal advice. Additionally, contacting us alone does not create an attorney client relationship. Please contact us to set an appointment to discuss your particular legal needs.