California Supreme Court Watch

Jan 17, 2018
#18-01 Christensen v. Lightbourne, S245395. (A144254; 15 Cal.App.5th 1239; San Francisco County Superior Court; CPF12512070.)

#18-01 Christensen v. Lightbourne, S245395. (A144254; 15 Cal.App.5th 1239; San Francisco County Superior Court; CPF12512070.) Petition for review after the Court of Appeal reversed the judgment in an action for writ of administrative mandate. This case presents the following issues: (1) Should court-ordered child support payments for children living outside the home be considered income available to children in the home in determining eligibility for CalWORKs aid? (2) When garnished child support is the direct or indirect income of children outside the home who are receiving CalWORKs aid, does the state violate Welfare and Institutions Code section 11005.5 when it allows the garnished income to also be considered in determining the amount of aid to the paying family?

Review granted: 01/10/2018

See the California Court of Appeal opinion.