Department of Human Services

Families First Online Policy Manual

Marriage During Receipt of Assistance

Revised:

37.5

TWO FAMILIES FIRST CARETAKERS MARRY

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Both the caretaker and the spouse will continue to be eligible as separate assistance units when:

 

        The caretaker marries an individual who is also receiving Families First cash payment.

 

        There is no common child.

 

If there is a common child, then both assistance units will be combined into one AU.The designation of the caretaker is the decision of the adults in the AU.

 

In some instances, one spouse is not receiving Families First, but is grouped as a separate AU because there is no common child.In these instances:

 

        The new spouse can elect to join the caretakerís AU.

 

        Both AUs can receive assistance separately, as double stepparent AUs.

 

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