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55 Pa. Code § 187.22. Definitions.

§ 187.22. Definitions.

 The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

   Arrears—Past due and unpaid support.

   BCSE—Bureau of Child Support Enforcement—The organizational unit in this Commonwealth responsible for supervising the State Plan for Child Support Enforcement under Title IV-D of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C.A. § §  651—669b).

   Budget group—One or more related or unrelated individuals who occupy a common residence or would occupy a common residence if they were not homeless and whose needs and eligibility are considered together in determining eligibility for cash assistance under one category of assistance.

   CAO—County assistance office—The local office of the Department responsible for the determination of eligibility for cash, Food Stamps and MA Programs.

   Cash assistance allowance—The monthly family size allowance, reduced by the net income of the budget group. The family size allowance is described under §  175.23(a) (relating to requirements).

   DRS—Domestic Relations Section—The division of a court of common pleas responsible for establishing and enforcing support orders.

   Establishing paternity—The process that determines the legal father of a child.

   LRR—Legally responsible relative—The spouse, including common-law, of the applicant or recipient of cash assistance, or the biological or adoptive parent of an unemancipated minor child for whom cash assistance is sought or received.

   Obtaining support—Establishing, modifying or enforcing a support order.

   Support—A judgment, decree or order whether temporary, final or subject to modification, imposed or imposable by a court or an administrative agency of competent jurisdiction for the support and maintenance of a child or spouse, or both, which provides for monetary support, health care, arrears or reimbursement, and which may include other relief.

   Unemancipated minor child—An individual who is under 18 years of age, or an individual 18 years of age or older but under 21 years of age, who has not graduated from high school, is not married and is in the care and control of a parent or caretaker.


   The provisions of this §  187.22 amended under sections 201(2), 403(b) and 432 of the Public Welfare Code (62 P. S. § §  201(2), 403(b) and 432); the Support Law (62 P. S. § §  1971—1977); Titles I and III of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (Pub. L. No. 104-193) (PRWORA), creating the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program, and amending 42 U.S.C.A. § §  601—619, 651—669(b) and 1396u-1; section 5543 of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (Pub. L. No. 105-33) (42 U.S.C.A. §  653(p)); the Federal TANF regulations in 45 CFR 260.10—265.10; and the Domestic Relations Code, 23 Pa.C.S. § §  4301—4381, 5103, 7101—7901 and 8101—8418.


   The provisions of this §  187.22 adopted August 4, 1977, effective August 5, 1977, 7 Pa.B. 2180; amended October 22, 1982, effective October 23, 1982, 12 Pa.B. 3782; amended February 15, 1985, effective February 16, 1985, 15 Pa.B. 573; amended September 13, 2002, effective retroactively to March 3, 1997, 32 Pa.B. 4435; amended May 28, 2010, effective May 29, 2010, 40 Pa.B. 2762. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (291106) and (291785) to (291786).

Cross References

   This section cited in 55 Pa. Code §  141.53 (relating to eligibility based on domestic violence); and 55 Pa. Code §  281.2 (relating to definitions).

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