Department of Human Services

Families First Online Policy Manual

Time Limits




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The number of countable months for a two parent household will be the same for both adults. 


Example:  if the parents separate with 25 countable months and the parent who was not the caretaker applies for Families First, the time count for the new case will begin at 26 months.


The number of countable months in a combined two-parent household will be the higher number of months if the combination of assistance units results in one assistance unit.


Example:  A parent with 10 countable months marries a parent with 15 countable months.  They have a child in common.  One assistance unit will be formed with a time count of 15 months.  They stay together for 12 months and then separate.  Each parent may again have a separate assistance unit with a count of 27 months.



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