Does State Assistance Affect Child Support?, a blog written by Lady Divorce, attorney Marissa Bigelli
If a party is on state assistance, the State may have an interest in your case. When a party files for any type of family proceeding that may create a child support obligation, the State of Connecticut might have a say in the amount of child support a party owes.
Parties receiving child support who are on state assistance should be aware that a portion of the child support may be held by the state to balance what the receiving party is receiving in benefits. Also, if a party isn’t paying child support but the child is on state assistance, the state has the ability to enforce child support, as the petitioner in the action.
If you feel that you cannot support your child without assistance from the government, you can apply to a federal program such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). This program will provide cash assistance for families who have children in need. Keep in mind that TANF or welfare benefits are not substitutes for child support. Even if you are receiving public aid, you will still be asked to pay child support if you are given a court order to do so.
Discuss your options for state assistance with your attorney. If you feel that you can’t pay your child support, and this can be proven in court, your attorney might be able to reduce the amount of money that you owe in child support. Also consider state assistance to help you afford child support. This might be your best option if you think that you will have a hard time making your child support payments.