In order to receive Personal Opportunity with Employment Responsibility (POWER) grants, an applicant shall sign a statement allowing Wyoming to keep the child or medical support and/or spousal support received on his/her behalf or on behalf of the child(ren) for whom the applicant is requesting monthly POWER grants. Since the distribution rules discussed below are dependent upon the assistance status, it is imperative that members of the Wyoming Child Support Program (CSP) understand basic and complex assignment situations as described in Appendix 14.A – Assignment Scenarios.
Assignment of Support Rights
Assignments executed on or after October 1, 2009 will be limited to the amount of support that accrues during the assistance period, not to exceed the cumulative amount of URPA.
Distribution Sequence in Former-Assistance Cases
The DRA required states to choose between distributing arrears in Former-Assistance cases using Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) distribution rules or using the new DRA distribution rules contained under the amended section 457(a)(2)(B) of the Act. Wyoming chose to continue with the existing PROWRA distribution rules.
Discontinuation of Assignments
As noted above, the DRA provides that States may not take any assignments of Pre-Assistance Arrearages in any new POWER cases starting October 1, 2009. However, pre-assistance arrearages assigned prior to October 1, 2009 will remain in effect.
Never Assign Cases
Basically, support payments will be distributed as follows and in the order listed with non-judgment categories paid before those amounts reduced to judgment.
Note: The date of assignment is determined by the effective date of the custudial parent's POWER grant.
Federal Tax Offset (TOP)
Any collection received through the federal TOP as described in 9.2 Enforcement – Administrative Enforcement Remedies will be applied to current support and certified arrearages. These payments cannot be applied to any arrears that were certified after the offset occurred.
Exceptions to Distribution Rules
Foreign currency as described in 11.4.2 Intergovernmental – International – Currency Conversion.
Last Revised Date
February 9, 2022