CanI be made torepay my ex-wife’s welfare, if she wrongfully collected it?

I have been divorced since 1991. My ex-wife went on welfare with our son in 1992. I have paid child support and kept up our son’s health insurance. I was never late or missed a payment. The state now states that I am liable for the repayment of $20k; the amount that my ex-wife was paid in public assistance. My mom died in August. The state said the it will deduct the amount from any inheritance that I may receive. That amount may total about $15-$20k. Could this be true? Is there any way to stop this if it is true?

Asked on December 30, 2010 under Bankruptcy Law, Connecticut

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

From the way that I have read and understood the question that you have written it is not your ex wife's welfare that you are repaying.  It is the welfare that she received on behalf of your son.  Your son is your responsibility to care for but it seems that you did indeed do so.  Did she perpetrate a fraud by applying for welfare? In other wors did she fail to report your support payments as income when she applied?  I think that you need to seek help from someone inyour area that can take a look at all the documents involved and figure out what really happened here and what you are liable for.  It needs to be straightened out as soon as possible.  


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