FOOD STAMPS AS SUPPORT INCOME

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Date: Summer 2018
From: American Journal of Family Law(Vol. 32, Issue 2)
Publisher: Aspen Publishers, Inc.
Document Type: Article
Length: 624 words
Lexile Measure: 1290L

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A woman's food stamps reduced the sum her ex-husband owed her under the Federal Poverty Guidelines (Form 1-864, Affidavit of Support), a federal court in California has ruled. In Erler v Erler, 2017 WL 5478560 (N.D. Cal. 2017), the wife brought suit against her ex-husband for failing to maintain his obligation to support her at 125 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, Affidavit of Support.

The wife had emigrated from Turkey to marry the husband, a US citizen. They signed a premarital agreement, which stated that "neither party shall seek or obtain any form of alimony or support from the other." They married, and as part of her naturalization process, the husband signed the 1-864 form, Affidavit of Support, which included a commitment to support her at 125 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. The wife received $200 per month in food stamps from California.

Form 1-864 stated, "divorce does not terminate your obligations."

She filed...

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