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Can I get child support AND money from OW?
Long delays for appeal hearings
If you're appealing a decision made by OW or ODSP in 2020, your appeal hearing may not happen for a long time. People report that they're getting hearing dates from the Social Benefits Tribunal that are between 9 and 16 months in the future. We'll update this information as things change.
So, if you get child support, you get that money and your financial assistance.
This is a new rule that applies starting February 1, 2017. But it only applies to child support payments that are owed for periods of time that begin on February 1, 2017, or after that date.
Trying to get child support
OW will not say that you must try to get child support when you apply for assistance or while you’re getting assistance.
But the rule is different for spousal support.
Reporting child support payments
Even when child support payments don’t affect the amount of financial assistance you get, you still have to tell OW about them. See Step 2.
Applying to OW
OW does not count child support payments when they decide if you qualify for financial assistance.