Code of the District of Columbia

§ 4–205.19. Application; assignment of rights for child support.

(a) Application for public assistance shall be accepted from, or on behalf of, any person who believes himself or herself eligible for public assistance. The application shall be made in the manner and form prescribed by the Council, and shall contain such information as the Mayor shall require.

(b) As a condition of eligibility for public assistance, each applicant or recipient shall assign to the District any rights to support from any other person that the applicant or recipient may have in the applicant’s or recipient’s own behalf, or on behalf of any other family member for whom the applicant or recipient is applying for or is receiving assistance.

(c) The assignment referred to in subsection (b) of this section:

(1) Is effective as to both current and accrued child support obligations, except as limited by paragraphs (4) and (5) of this subsection;

(2) Takes effect upon a determination that the applicant is eligible for assistance;

(3) Terminates when an applicant ceases to receive assistance except with respect to the amount of any unpaid support obligation accrued under the assignment, as limited by paragraph (4) of this subsection;

(4) With respect to an applicant or recipient of TANF or POWER benefits, shall not exceed the total amount of cash assistance provided to the family and shall not apply with respect to any support, other than support collected pursuant to § 464 of the Social Security Act, approved August 13, 1981 (95 Stat. 860; 42 U.S.C. § 664), that accrued before the family received TANF or POWER benefits and that the District has not collected by:

(A) September 30, 2000, if the assignment is executed on or after October 1, 1997, and before October 1, 2000; or

(B) The date that the family ceases to receive assistance, if the assignment is executed on or after October 1, 2000; and

(5) Beginning on October 1, 2005, shall not apply to up to the first $150 received each month by the assistance unit that represents a current monthly child support obligation or a voluntary child support payment from an absent parent or spouse.