Child Support & Aid/Benefit Programs

When applying for benefits or services from aid/benefit programs, families automatically get child support services. These families must cooperate with their child support agency in order to get these benefits and services unless they have good cause not to cooperate.

These programs include:

Child Support and Cash Benefit Programs

Parents receiving cash benefits will be referred to a child support agency and will receive full child support services without an application. You will have to cooperate with the child support program unless you have a good cause not to cooperate. At least some of the support paid will be assigned to the state and used to pay for the cash benefits you receive.

These cash benefit programs include:

  • Kinship Care program
  • SSI Caretaker Supplement program
  • Tribal Temporary Assistance for needy Families program and have a child support case with a county agency
  • Some W-2 Programs, such as:
    • W-2 Community Service Job
    • W-2 Transitional Placement
    • W-2 Custodial Parent of an Infant program and had received cash benefits in the past (from one of the programs above or from AFDC)

See how much child support you will get when receiving cash benefits

Child Support and W-2 Services Without Cash Benefits

Not all W-2 programs receive cash benefits. You get all of the child support paid if you:

  • Get help paying for child care (Wisconsin Shares)
  • Get W-2 Case Management Services
  • Get Emergency Assistance
  • Work in a W-2 Trial Job
  • Are in the W-2 Custodial Parent of an Infant program, but never got W-2 or AFDC cash benefits in the past

While receiving these benefits, you automatically get child support services. You must cooperate with your child support agency in order to continue to receive these W-2 services unless there is a good cause not to cooperate.

Child Support and the BadgerCare Plus Program

Many single, separated, and divorced parents applying for the BadgerCare Plus Program will be referred to a child support agency. When referred to the Child Support program, parents will get full child support services and do not have to apply for them. You will have to cooperate with the child support program unless you have a good cause not to cooperate.

If the parents are not married when the mother applies for BadgerCare Plus and the mother is referred to child support, the court may order the father to repay birth costs. Birth costs include health care costs related to the pregnancy, as well as the birth of the child.

If the family is not referred to the Child Support program:

  • the father will not have to repay birth costs to the BadgerCare Plus program
  • the family may apply for child support services (If the family is already getting full child support services, the family will continue to receive these services.)

Child Support When You Have Received Cash Benefits in the Past

You get all the current support paid as long as you are not currently receiving cash benefits. As of October 1, 2010, all past-due support owed to you before you began getting cash benefits is still owed to you. You also get all of the "assigned past-due support" that is paid if you no longer get cash benefits.

Additional Resources for Public Aid/Benefit Programs


Updated December 01, 2015

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