The department of revenue is trying to intercept my retirement income for arrears they say i owe. in 2011 and 2012 i was paying my exwife child support without a court order because of a verbal agreement we had (i have the bank statements to prove it) and then she took me to court in 2016 for child support which ended with my child emancipation in april. i paid the arrears for 2013, 2014, 2015 and paid support until april of this year. she lied in court about not receiving child support for those 2 years. the court ordered me to pay arrears for 2011 and 2012. I have been to court trying to show them 3 times with bank statements in hand that i do not owe her money for those two years without any luck. they will not give me the credit and it amounts to 15,000.00 dollars. now the department of revenue is going to intercept my social security retirement income for money i don't owe. Can somebody please help.
Since you are looking at losing $15,000 in the near-term, I strongly advise you to locate a competent lawyer experienced in avoiding levies on Social Security benefits, and the proper ADMINISTRATIVE procedures required to object to, challenge and appeal adverse actions of the DOR in child support cases. The most glaring problem I see here is the dispute over whether you can eve get credit for the child support you say you paid personally in 2011 and 2012. Be sure to take ALL your documents to the lawyer's office for your initial client conference; and do not try to mislead the lawyer about anything.
Generally, only the federal government can garnish your social security benefits and only in certain areas such as federal income tax, student loans, child support, and alimony. SSI payments cannot be garnished even by the federal government. You need to retain an experienced benefits lawyer who can help you avoid garnishment of your social security benefits. Look under the "Find a lawyer" at the top of this page and look for social security lawyers.
I hope this helps.
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