Maine Child Support: Division of Support Enforcement & Recovery (DSER)

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19-A M.R.S. ยง2302. SUPPORT OBLIGATIONS WHEN OBLIGOR RECEIVES PUBLIC ASSISTANCE
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2. Child support obligation during period that obligor is assisted obligor. For the period during which an obligor is an assisted obligor and for 2 weeks thereafter, the assisted obligor's child support obligation is automatically suspended. At the end of the 2 weeks, the obligor's child support obligation resumes automatically at the same level at which it was suspended unless modified by an order entered pursuant to subsection 3.

A debt previously incurred under section 2301 may not be collected from a responsible parent while that parent is an assisted obligor, except that such a debt may be collected from nonrecurring lump sum income, as defined in Title 22, section 3762, subsection 11, paragraph A, of a responsible parent while that parent is an assisted obligor.

3. Obligee's opportunity for modification.  The obligee may seek to modify the effect of subsection 2 by filing a petition for modification with the court or the department, whichever issued the affected order. The court or administrative hearing officer may, by order after hearing, modify the effect of subsection 2. The court or administrative hearing officer, in determining whether to make such a modification, shall consider the suspension in subsection 2 and the child support guidelines under chapter 63. For purposes of the hearing, a substantial change in circumstances is deemed to have occurred.

If you are owed child support debt by someone who is exempt from collection because he or she is receiving assistance or SSI, and would like to file a Motion to Modify in Court, follow the instructions contained in FM-087 (first link below) and complete the required court forms: