2. Which families with children can get TAFDC?

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A family can get TAFDC if there is a child living with one parent, two parents, or another relative. 106 C.M.R. §§ 703.300, 703.310.

  • You do not have to have custody to get TAFDC for a child. You can get TAFDC for a child even if someone else or an agency has custody if the child is living with you. 106 C.M.R. § 703.330(A)(1); DTA Transitions, July 2016, p. 4, Feb. 2012, p. 4.
  • If two parents share custody or care of a child, either parent may get TAFDC for the child, but not both. If the parents cannot agree on who will get the benefits, DTA will decide based on the amount of time each parent spends with the child and which responsibilities each parent fulfills. 106 C.M.R. § 703.330(A)(2); DTA Transitions, Feb. 2012, p. 4.
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