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SUPPORT FROM NON-CUSTODIAL PARENTS

ISSUE DATE: 09/2016

MFIP:
Caregivers with children must help get child and spousal support and child care support (if they receive child care assistance) from non-custodial parents. See 0017.15.03 (Child and Spousal Support Income).

A caregiver assigns all rights of the unit to child support and spousal maintenance benefits by signing the Combined Application Form (CAF) (DHS-5223) (PDF). A caregiver assigns all rights of the unit to child care support by completing the Combined Application - Child Care Addendum (DHS-5223D) (PDF) in addition to the Combined Application Form (CAF). See 0012.18 (Assigning Rights to Support).

Failure to help get these kinds of supports results in a sanction or loss of benefits, unless the caregiver with children shows good cause for not cooperating. See 0012.21 (Responsible Relatives Not in the Home), 0012.21.06 (Child Support Good Cause Exemptions), 0012.24 (Child Support Sanctions).

Do NOT make a Child Support Referral for a MARRIED parent who is called to military duty away from home when there is no breakdown in the marital relationship.

Give the following forms to caregivers and pregnant women at application:

Understanding Child Support, a Handbook for Parents (DHS-3393) (PDF).

Referral to Support and Collections (DHS-3163B) (PDF).

Cooperation with Child Support Enforcement (DHS-2338) (PDF). See 0012.21.06 (Child Support Good Cause Exemptions).


Also give these forms to units when they add a child, if they did not get the forms at application.

If the caregiver or pregnant woman fails to complete or return the Referral to Support and Collections (DHS-3163B) (PDF) form, do not treat it as IV-D non-cooperation or as an incomplete application; that is, do not delay or deny the application. The client has met the requirements of assigning rights to support by signing the CAF. In addition, do not automatically sanction or terminate the client’s benefits for IV-D non-cooperation. An MFIP sanction may be imposed only when you are notified by IV-D that the client has failed to cooperate.

The local Child Support agency is responsible for getting child and spousal support and child care support from non-custodial parents. MAXIS sends MFIP referrals to the Child Support agency (PRISM) automatically after the approval, even if the caregiver claims good cause.

NOTE:

For pregnant women who do not have other child(ren) who need to be referred to child support, do the IV-D referral after the child is born.


Do not delay or deny MFIP pending an action to get support as long as the caregiver or pregnant woman cooperates.

Notify caregivers with children that to cooperate they must:

Provide information about non-custodial parents, including name, address, Social Security number, telephone number, place of employment or school, date and place of marriages and divorces, and the names and addresses of relatives.

Appear at interviews, hearings, and legal proceedings.

Submit to genetic tests including genetic testing of the child, under judicial or administrative order.

Get any payments or assets due to unit members.


Tell the Child Support agency of all case openings, changes, or closings by entering the appropriate data on MAXIS and re-approving MFIP.


DWP:

Follow MFIP with the following EXCEPTIONS:

Units on DWP do NOT assign rights to child support and spousal maintenance benefits as indicated in the 2nd paragraph under MFIP above. If the unit receives child care assistance, child care support must be assigned to the state.

Child support payments must be paid to the Child Support agency and then forwarded to the DWP family. Count child support and spousal maintenance benefits paid to the custodial parent as unearned income for initial eligibility and when determining the DWP benefit amount.

The $25 filing fee charged to a NPA (non-public assistance) custodial parent is waived.



SNAP:

Count child support payments received by an MFIP caregiver on behalf of a child who is on SNAP only (for example, a child receiving SSI) as income to the child.


MSA:

No provisions. MSA participants must follow MA requirements to maintain automatic eligibility for MA. See the Minnesota Health Care Programs Eligibility Policy Manual.


GA:

See 0012.21 (Responsible Relatives Not in the Home), 0025.30.03 (Contributions From Parents Not in Home).


GRH:

No provisions.

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