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CONTRIBUTIONS FROM PARENTS NOT IN HOME

ISSUE DATE: 08/2016

MFIP, GA:
Do not require a contribution from legal guardians.

Do not determine parental contributions for parents who have an existing court order for support in place. The non-custodial parent’s financial contribution for the child(ren) is being met by the child support obligation so no parental contribution is necessary.

Determine parental contribution amounts for a minor caregiver's parents who are not living with the minor caregiver. This provision does not apply to emancipated minors. For parents who live with the minor caregiver, see 0016.18 (Income of Inel. Parent/Guard. of Minor Crgvr).

The minor caregiver must cooperate in trying to get support from his/her parent(s). Do not withhold benefits because a minor caregiver's parents refuse to cooperate.

Refer a minor caregiver's parent who does not cooperate to the county attorney.

To determine the amount a minor caregiver's parents must pay when the minor is not living with the parent:

1.

Request the following information from the parent(s):

The amount of earned and unearned income for the previous tax year.

The current month's income amount.

The names of each dependent the minor's parent could claim on federal income taxes.

The amount of annual medical bills the person pays.

The amount of annual housing costs the person pays.

The amount of utility and home repair costs the person pays.

The amount of annual educational costs the person pays for family members.

2.

Determine income:

a.

Determine the gross income of the parent. Follow the same method as for units with income. See 0017 (Determining Gross Income).

b.

Determine family size. Count each person who the minor's parent claims or could claim as a dependent on federal income tax forms. Do not count the minor caregiver and his/her children.

c.

Combine the family's medical, educational, and housing costs. If the combined costs exceed 30% of the gross income, deduct the amount in excess of 30% from the gross income. This is the net income.

3.

Compare the minor caregiver's parent's net income to the following scale:

Family Size

Net Income

1

$ 9,288

2

$12,432

3

$15,576

4

$18,720

5

$21,864

Add $3,144 for each additional family member.

The parent's required annual contribution is 1/3 of the income that exceeds the amounts above. See 0026.24 (Notice of Relative Contribution).

4.

Review the minor caregiver's parent's income annually or when the person reports a change.



DWP, SNAP, MSA, GRH:

No provisions.

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