Ex is receiving gov. assistance, child support, tho she received over $100,000 inheiritance. Is this legal?

I found out a few months ago that my ex-wife has my daughter on health insurance thru the state of Ohio. Also my child and her 2 other kids thru her current marriage are getting free/reduced lunches and she is getting food stamps. She also took me back to pay more child support (about $400 a month) so she can stop working full time to work part time causing her to make minimum wage. She stated to the CSA that she wanted to spend more time with the kids. She received over $100,000 (after taxes) when her mother passed away. I spoke when various lawyers and they have told me that an inheiritance does not count toward income, so why is she able to get all the government assistance? I pay 85% of the support for my child but is unable to claim her on my taxes every other year because she won't agree to it. I feel like the CSA is putting me thru the ringer because she is on government assistance while she gets over on everybody else. I'm sure if I got alot of money, CSA would be all over me. Just to clear things up, I am not complaining about paying child support. Just that a person who has almost $100,000, has a house that is paid off, leasing 2 or 3 new vehicles about once a year, quit workin full time voluntarily is getting food stamps/government assistance/etc. And somebody said that I am claiming my daughter on my taxes every other year????? I am not claiming my child ANY year. And Yvette, u say that there are alot of people without insurance, etc. You are right, but I am quite well sure their mothers don't have a house paid for and over $100,000 to their name. Seems like to me their are a lot of others kids that could use that assistance. Child support goes both ways. I drive over 600 miles a month for one weekend with my child, been doing it for 10 years. Anyone who wants to "read" into anything w/o knowing the whole story and start assuming that I'm a bad father can go to straight ti hell.

Asked By: baseball fan - 7/16/2007
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Inheritance does count towards income and resources and she will have to spend the money down, in an appropriate amount of time, before she qualifies for assistance as that puts her over the resource guidelines! Same thing for food stamps, unless she is lying to someone... More
Answered By: cantcu - 7/16/2007
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the inheritance isn't your money, and for all you know, she could be using that for the kids education... More
Answered By: SexyArmyWife - 7/16/2007
Without reading the whole story...yes it's long as the courts say you have to pay...but you could probably go back to court and ask for a change because her circumstances have changed... More
Answered By: dual_reality2 - 7/16/2007
You need to check with IRS, you pay that much, you are entitled to claim something. As for as that money she inherited from her mother, if she failed to report that to the state agencies where she gets her food stamps etc.. she can be in trouble. Also, if she failed to report this, and did not put in on the reduced... More
Answered By: becksbear - 7/16/2007
I know it's true that even when she reports the inheritance to the caseworker, it's not counted toward her income and her case is unaffected by it. Her case is only affected by consistent income (such as that provided from a job or Social Security.) So tell on her all you want, anonymously, and that isn't going to... More
Answered By: *stardots* - 7/16/2007
An inheritance DOESN'T count towards's not income. It's a one-time dealie... More
Answered By: BarB - 7/16/2007
you contacted various attorneys and yet, you still dont believe it... More
Answered By: Yvette B yvetteb - 7/16/2007
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