The Answer Is Yes
Video Transcribed: Do Social Security benefits count towards income for the purpose of determining child support in Oklahoma? I’m Oklahoma attorney James Wirth, and that’s the question that we have before us based on the series that we’re doing related to Oklahoma child support.
So if you receive Social Security benefits, does that go towards your gross income for determining how much child support you owe? And the answer is yes. It is statutorily defined in Oklahoma. You can go to Title 43, Section 118b, and it’s got various definitions, including the definition of passive income.
And that includes Social Security benefits. Social Security benefits do count towards your gross income, your passive income. So that determines the top figure when you’re doing your child support calculator to determine how much you owe.
However, if it is SSI benefits, that is specifically excluded. So your regular traditional Social Security benefits count towards your income for determining child support. But if you have Supplemental Security Income, SSI benefits, that is excluded.
You would not include that amount when determining your gross income to determine what your obligation may be in child support. If you’ve got questions about a child support matter in Oklahoma, you’re going to want to talk to an attorney about that privately, confidentially. To get that scheduled with somebody at my office, you can go online to makelaweasy.com.