Department of Human Services

Families First Online Policy Manual

Marriage During Receipt of Assistance

Revised:

37.2

WHEN THE CARETAKER ELECTS TO INCLUDE THE SPOUSE AS AN AU MEMBER

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·        When the option is made to add the spouse, calculate the Families First budget using the countable income of all assistance unit members including the spouse.

 

·        Add any of the spouse’s children who:

 

-       Reside with the spouse.

-       Are mandatory AU members (siblings, half-siblings, stepsiblings, etc.).

 

Include any countable income and resources of the children.  The children must meet all eligibility requirements.

 

·        Use the gross income standard, the consolidated need standard, and the maximum payment standard for the new assistance unit size, including the spouse, to determine the assistance payment.

 

·        The spouse, unless exempt, will be subject to work requirements and sanction provisions.

 

·        Resources of the spouse will be considered available and, therefore, countable to the assistance unit.  The spouse must meet enumeration, citizenship, and all other eligibility provisions.

 

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