TN 5 (04-90)

RS 01301.195 One-Half Support — Parent Cases

A. Procedure - parent living in NH’s home

In applying the pooled fund method, no distinction is made for ages of the members of the household in figuring their support.

1. General application

Compute support by dividing the total funds coming into the family by the number of members in the household. The result constitutes the amount of each member's support.

EXAMPLE: A male NH died in 1/83 and in February, his mother filed an application for parent's benefits. In the year preceding the NH's death, his mother had lived with him, his wife, and 2 minor children. Development established that the NH's earnings of $6000 were used for support of the family as was his mother's income of $1000 ($480 from a pension and $520 given her $10 weekly by another son). The total funds available for the support of the household were $7000. Since there were 5 members of the household, the cost of support for each was $1400. The mother was not receiving one-half of her support from the NH since her income from other sources ($1000) exceeded one-half of her support ($700).

2. More than one member of household contributed to support of household

The proportion of one member's contributions to any other member is the same as the proportion of to his/her contribtuions (less his/her own support) to the total income.

EXAMPLE: In the year preceding the male NH's death, his mother had lived with him, his wife and his minor child. Development established that his income of $3450, his wife's income of $1950 and his mother's income of $400 were all used for support of the family. The total funds available for support were $5800 and since there were 4 members of the household, the cost of support of each was $1450. The mother's income of $400 is considered as being used for her own support. The balance of her support, $1050, came from the contributions of the NH and his wife. The proportions are computed as follows:

 NHWife
Income available for support$3450$1950
Cost of own support - 1450 - 1450
Balance available for support of other members of the household 2000  500

The NH's contribtion to his mother's support equals 4/5 1 of $1050 or $840. Since one-half of the mother's support was $725, the one-half support requirement is met.

1 Fractional amount derived from: $2000 = Balance available from WE

$2500 = Total remaining support available

B. Procedure - NH living in parent’s home

1. Pooled method not applicable

If NH is living in the parent's home, you cannot assume that the income of the members of the household was pooled; therefore, the pooled method cannot be used.

2. Applicable method

Compute the NH's net contribution to the support of the parent and compare that amount with the parent's income from other sources.

CAUTION: No income will be attributed to a claimant by reason of the occupancy of his/her own home.

3. Example

In the year preceding the NH's death, he lived with his mother. His income for the year was $4000; he gave his mother $40 weekly for groceries and other household expenses and retained the balance for personal expenses. His mother's income for the year, exclusive of the NH's contributions, was $800, an undetermined portion of which she used for household expenses and the balance for personal expenses. Evidence in file established that the cost of furnishing room and board to the NH was $100 per month. Thus, his net contributions to his mother were $880 ($2080-$1200). Since this exceeds her income from other sources, the one-half support requirement is met.

C. Procedure - parent and NH not living together

1. Computing parent's support

Compute the support by determining the parent's total income used for support.

2. In-kind income

In computing in-kind income, including in-kind contributions from sources other than