Originally Answered: If I receive Medicaid and Food stamps in Michigan, will my child s dad have to pay child support?
Anytime you apply for government help, which includes Medicaid, food stamps etc, then they (always) go after the father to help (repay) back what the government is paying you for their help. The fact that AZ did not pursue this is (rare), since almost every state they are required to know who the father is, and in many cases when people lie or state unknown, they (can) reject giving the benefits.
The other problem, like in your case, you state the father is helping out, or help in paying for (what) he/she believes is fair or not.
Here is the problem, you state would go w/out food assistance, but that is not the problem, since you are also receiving Medicaid, thus both are required to go after the father, thus get off (both), then won't have a problem.
To make a move from AZ to MI is a big step, thus the question (why) the move? Is there family in MI vs none in AZ?
You have several problems or reasons for needing help. Going to school guessing to find a decent/better job. Your childs father, is only working PT vs FT, thus with most PT jobs, have either none or "some" benefits, like health insurance as an example. You may need to change your school schedule so that you can find a full time job instead. After my divorce, I worked 8 to 5, Monday to Friday and went to college at night after work on average of 4 days a week/end. Now, I was lucky, since my parents were able to watch my 6 year old daughter after school and while I was in school at night.
The biggest cost that you will have (whenever) you are able to be on your own is childcare. I read an article about a year ago, that childcare is costing as much as college, thus many (2 parent) households, then the wife would quit their job to stay home to raise their children, since it costs them more to work and pay for childcare.
Forget the letters, since they will ignore it. They look at facts, like how much you or he makes and that is it. So, my guess is that whatever they (deem) he should pay, then may get a garnishment to pay them from that.
Sorry for the facts, but the only argument you might have is that dad is providing (free) child care vs you paying a agency/childcare place to do so. The other problem with childcare places is that (most) only take children from 6 am to 6 pm, thus if you work at night, then need to find a neighbor/family to help.