Will child support payments affect the amount of social assistance I get?

I am a single parent and my ex-partner has agreed to make child support payments to me. Will this affect the amount of social assistance I get?

Probably. Your monthly assistance will be reduced by the amount of your support payment, except in certain situations where child support payments are part of a court order and are used to pay for education, training, or disability-related expenses. There are rules about when this kind of payment will not reduce your assistance. Get legal advice if these rules could apply to your situation.

Even when you do not receive your support payment, your assistance may still be reduced. If this is your situation, you may want to get legal advice about appealing the decision to reduce your assistance.

Please note: We have a new and more detailed Steps to Justice Question on this topic:

Will child support affect my social assistance?

Resource notes: 

For more information on this topic visit our Social Assistance and Family Law - Child Support sections.

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