Last week I had the privilege to speak at the 15th Annual Family Law Stars Across the Bay CLE. I spoke about the intersection of Social Security Administration benefits (based in large part on the fantastic work of Attorney Brooke Thomas from Gardberg & Kemmerly) and VA disability benefits during a divorce.
There are multiple ways in which Social Security benefits can play a large role in a divorce. This can include problems with Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in the form of assets, either for eligibility purposes or a reduction of benefits. A reduction of benefits due to unearned income can also result in loss of healthcare benefits if divorce proceedings are not handled properly. Moreover, retirement benefits as well as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can become an issue as it can provide an additional or alternative income for ex-spouses and children of the worker.
Additionally, VA benefits can be used as income for alimony or child support calculations. A portion can be claimed via apportionment through the VA.
It is important that if you have a claim for SSA or VA benefits you know how these benefits may affect you in other legal proceedings. If you have a claim for disability and need assistance, please call our office and speak with one of our qualified Social Security Attorneys or Representatives or one of our qualified Veterans’ Disability attorneys. Gardberg and Kemmerly is committed to helping the injured and disabled obtain the benefits they deserve. If you need help with a disability claim, call the office at 251-343-1111 or 1-800-332-1529 for a free consultation. Gardberg and Kemmerly is proud to serve Veterans across the country from our home office in Mobile, Alabama.