My question involves child support in the State of: West Virginia (Payments come from California)
I currently reside in West Virginia. My child is 7 years old, and his father lives in California. My child's father and I were never married, and the child and I left California in 2007 and moved to Minnesota for 1 year. While in Minnesota, my $400 a month was not accepted as child support and they required a court order. Thus we were denied welfare. Understandable, of course.
In Sept of 2008, I moved to West Virginia. In the beginning I listed $400 as child support, but they did not require a court order. This $400 was considered a part of our unearned income. It was this way until Jan 2011. In January, we had a new social worker and the lady said that the payments were not considered child support, and she did not list it as our income (but WV also didn't require my child to have court ordered child support to receive welfare so we were still OK to receive SNAP benefits) It has slightly bothered me that we are receiving income that is not listed in order to receive welfare benefits, however I let it pass because preparing our taxes for the past 2 years they said that the $4800 a year did not have to be listed on our tax return.
We now have a new social worker, and I want to know if I need to tell him that we receive $400 a month as child support even though it's not court ordered. Because ever since the lady removed our $400 a month, we receive $50 more a month in food stamps. We are only reviewed every 6 months.
I certainly do not want any case of "Fraud" going on. As I understand, ignorance is not an excuse for the law. Is this income considered child support with no court order? Does this income need to be listed as income to the department of health and human resources who manages our welfare benefits?
(I am a full time student, married with two children. We survive off one income while I finish school, and do not plan on being on welfare for too much longer. )