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      RS 46:236.1.5     

  

§236.1.5.  Family and child support programs; FITAP; other service recipients; rights; responsibilities

A.  By accepting FITAP for or on behalf of himself or another individual, the applicant or recipient shall be deemed, without the necessity of signing any document, to have made an assignment to the department of his entire right, title, and interest to any support obligation such applicant or recipient may have in his own behalf or on behalf of any family member for whom the applicant is applying for or receiving FITAP which has accrued at the time of the certification for FITAP and which accrues during the time FITAP is furnished.  The assigned support rights shall constitute an obligation owed to the department by the person responsible for providing such support, and said obligation shall be established by an order of a court of competent jurisdiction, and the department may thereafter collect by appropriate process any outstanding debt thus created.  Voluntary child support payments made to the applicant or recipient at the time of certification for FITAP or during the time FITAP is furnished shall be deemed to have been assigned to the department, unless such assignment is contrary to a valid court order.  The department may thereafter collect such support payments by appropriate process.

B.  The applicant or recipient shall also be deemed, without the necessity of signing any document, to have consented to the designation of the department as payee in an initial or amended order of support and to have appointed the SES program administrator as his or her true and lawful attorney-in-fact to act in his or her name, place, and stead to perform the specific act of endorsing any and all drafts, checks, money orders, or other negotiable instruments representing support payments which are received on behalf of such individual or his caretaker.  The department shall be an indispensable party to any proceeding involving a support obligation or arrearages owed under this Subpart.  The provisions of this Subpart shall apply retrospectively to all support rights assigned, whether by written assignment or by operation of law, prior and subsequent to October 1, 1981.

C.  The applicant or recipient of services shall also be deemed without the necessity of signing any document to have appointed the CSE administrator as his or her true and lawful attorney-in-fact to act in his or her name, place, and stead to perform the specific act of endorsing any and all drafts, checks, money orders, or other negotiable instruments representing support payments which are received on behalf of such individual or caretaker.

D.  No applicant or recipient who has accepted FITAP for or on behalf of himself or another individual shall be permitted to enter into a contract for the collection of support pursuant to R.S. 51:1441 et seq.  Any such contract shall be considered a violation of public policy and shall be void.

Acts 2003, No. 1068, §2, eff. July 2, 2003; Acts 2010, No. 872, §1, eff. July 2, 2010; Acts 2012, No. 255, §7.



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