Category: Social Security

Boulter v. Boulter

Property settlement agreement which required parties to divide social security payments was unenforceable, as the divorce decrees constitute state action which was preempted by federal law. Although social security recipients can use their proceeds after receipt to satisfy obligations, they may not contract to transfer unpaid benefits.

In Re Marriage of Paulhe v. Riley

Payer entitled to credit for support payments made during period where covered by social security disability payments paid to payee for the minor child. SSD are not gratuitous benefits, but are a substitute for the disabled parent’s earnings, funded by payment of social security taxes. Although the credit statute refers to “unpaid support”, failure to give credit to a payor who continued to make payments would deny equal protection of laws.