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  208.055.  Public assistance recipients required to cooperate in establishing paternity — assignment of child support rights, when — public assistance defined. — 1.  A person who has applied for or is receiving public assistance under programs funded under Part A of Title IV or Title XIX of the federal Social Security Act shall:

  (1)  Cooperate in good faith in establishing the paternity of, or in establishing, modifying, or enforcing a support order for any child of such person by providing the family support division with the name of the noncustodial parent of the child and such other information as the division may require with respect to such parent, subject to good cause and other exceptions to be applied in each case as defined by the family support division; and

  (2)  A person who has applied for or is receiving assistance under programs funded under Part A of Title IV of the federal Social Security Act shall assign to the state any rights to support from any other person such applicant may have in the applicant's own behalf or on behalf of any other family member for whom the applicant is applying for or receiving public assistance.  An application for public assistance shall constitute an assignment of support rights and shall take effect by operation of law upon a determination that the applicant is eligible for public assistance.  The assignment shall comply with the requirements of 42 U.S.C. Section 608(a)(3), and authorizes the family support division to bring any administrative or judicial action to establish, modify or enforce a current support obligation, to collect support arrearages accrued under an existing order for support, or to seek reimbursement of public assistance provided by the state pursuant to Part IV of the federal Social Security Act.

  2.  For purposes of this section, "public assistance" means any income support benefit, including, but not limited to, money, institutional care, or shelter, except temporary shelter.  Public assistance includes programs under the federal Social Security Act including, but not limited to, Part IV-A, as amended by the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996.  Public assistance shall not include:

  (1)  A noncash benefit; or

  (2)  A short term benefit.


(L. 1997 S.B. 361, A.L. 2009 H.B. 481)

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