The TX AG is taking half of my social security check and half of my disability unemployment check, leaving Me with not nearly enough to pay rent, utilities, insurance and other debts.
Unfortunately, Texas is one of those states where the state has the authority to request the Social Security Administration to withhold part of your benefits to pay your legal obligation for child support, alimony, or restitution. – Source
The State of Texas says, “We have no control over this reduction of Social Security benefits, and there is no appeal available under the Social Security Act. If you have questions in this situation, contact Treasury staff at 1-800-304-3107.”
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When it comes to unemployment benefits in Texas, the State says, “Child support will be taken from your unemployment benefits through wage withholding. The Texas Workforce Commission withholds according to your support payment obligations. Up to 50 percent of the unemployment earnings can be withheld to satisfy your current monthly obligations.” – Source
Dealing with government programs, obligations, income withholding can be confusing and wander into legal rights.
There may be some remedies to ask for a modification of the garnishment but you will either need to negotiate a reduction with the Texas agency that has initiated the withholding and/or speak with a Legal Aid attorney in Texas. You can find an attorney or legal assistance, here.
The bottom line is the fact you may legally owe benefits to care for your child. And it is that root obligation that has caused the need for income garnishment.
If you were able to obtain a child support modification it would eventually adjust the amount that is being withheld. For information on how to do that, click here.
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