When your client is disabled:
• The amount of alimony awarded can negatively impact your client’s SSI or Medicaid eligibility, if applicable.
• Division of assets may impact eligibility for government benefits that have resource limits.
When a dependent child is disabled:
• Depending on the amount of child support awarded, the child’s access to Medicaid funded medical care could be negatively impacted.
• Once a dependent child is 18, the rules governing their SSI and Medicaid eligibility change.
When your clients or their children have special needs and rely on critical support from federal or state programs, you must carefully weigh the long-term impact of any divorce or asset settlement on eligibility for those programs. Let us help you structure a settlement that best meets both your client’s financial and benefit needs.