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Published Date: August 31, 2016
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11 Income

Child and Adult Support Income

IESA Section 6(2)(d), Section 29 and Section 31

IS clients must be willing to comply with the Child Support Services (CSS) program requirements if there is at least one parent of a dependent child not included as part of the household unit. If payments to the applicant or recipient are late or unreliable, or if the applicant or recipient chooses not to receive payments directly, the right to receive the payments is given to the government while IS benefits are paid. IESA Part 5

The worker asks the parent whether they are receiving child or adult support payments directly, and enters the information into the budget. Support payments received by the recipient are deducted dollar for dollar from their income support benefits. The worker refers the applicant or recipient to the CSS Worker whether support payments are being received or not as the CSS Worker decides whether the support is reasonable and takes appropriate action if it is not.

For the purpose of the IS and CSS programs, child and adult support income is defined by its source (i.e. payment by the other parent, an estate, Maintenance Enforcement Program or the courts) and the reason it is received (for the care of a child or adult) rather than the method of payment (e.g. cash, cheque, money order, goods, services or other valuables).

Child and adult support income can be paid pursuant to a legally enforceable agreement or order or unenforceable agreement.

Example 1
The IS applicant/recipient has an arrangement with the other parent to receive $500 in child support.  Separate and apart from the child support payment the other parent is also paying the IS clients rent directly to the landlord.  The $500 payment is considered income but the rent payment is NOT considered income as it is not intended to replace the $500 child support payment.  Therefore only the $500 is deducted dollar-for-dollar from the client's budget as child support income.

Example 2
The IS applicant/recipient has an arrangement for child support in the amount of $500.
$100 per month is paid directly to the client
$400 per month is paid directly to the client's landlord
In this circumstance, the total $500 is considered child support and would be deducted dollar-for-dollar from the client's budget.

If the applicant or recipient is unreasonably uncooperative, the CSS Worker may recommend that income support be denied or suspended.

Benefits can be denied or suspended under IESA Section 6(2)(d).

Exempted Child and Adult Support Arrears

Child support or adult support arrears received for the period the client was NOT on assistance is 100% exempt.  Arrears are past support payments that haven't been paid and which are owed directly to the applicant.