“They threatened to go after my social security.
“Can they do that?”
This question comes up surprisingly often.
And the answer is “it depends”.
Both child support and spousal support, or alimony, can be can be garnished from social security benefits. Even social security disability benefits.
But not the recipient’s entire benefit.
Read more in this Elder Law Answers article: Can Social Security Benefits Be Garnished to Pay Debts?