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Divorce Cases Involving Social Security or Social Security Disability Income: Implications for Spousal and Child Support

Navigating Complex SSI and SSDI Rules; Structuring the Divorce Agreement to Maximize Benefits

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Tuesday, March 14, 2017

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This CLE course will provide guidance to family law counsel on navigating the complexities of representing divorce clients that receive Social Security Income (SSI) and/or Social Security Disability Income (SSDI). The panel will discuss considerations when calculating alimony and child support and best practices for structuring the divorce agreement to preserve benefits.


When a divorce client receives SSI or SSDI, complex issues arise that can affect settlement or adjudication of spousal and child support. Family law attorneys must have an expert understanding of the maze of SSI and SSDI rules in order to effectively represent the client.

Counsel must consider the potential impact of alimony on SSI or SSDI benefits. Counsel should also understand how SSI or SSDI may affect child support calculations. Derivative benefits must also be considered.

Listen as our authoritative panel of family law practitioners discusses the differences between SSI and SSDI, how alimony may affect these benefits, the ways receipt of SSI and SSDI may impact support calculations, and information that can be used in negotiating or arguing for or against support.



  1. Explanation of social security benefits
  2. Derivative benefits
  3. Ways to structure alimony and child support considering SSI and SSDI issues
  4. Discovering and using information on SSI and SSDI application forms
  5. Structuring the settlement agreement


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • How can the receipt of SSI and SSDI affect spousal maintenance and child support determinations?
  • How can the receipt of alimony impact SSI and SSDI benefits?
  • In what ways can the information found on SSI and SSDI application forms be used in arguing for or against support?


Seth D. Kramer, CFLS
Seth D. Kramer, CFLS

Law Office of Seth Kramer

Mr. Kramer has been a Family Law Specialist, certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization, for more than...  |  Read More

Kugler, Karen
Karen T. Kugler

McGee Kugler Family Law

Ms. Kugler practices exclusively in the area of family law. She advocates for clients on basic and complex family law...  |  Read More

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