Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act Law and Legal Definition

Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act is a 1996 federal law that overhauled the welfare system, and required states to provide a means for collecting child support by imposing liens on a child-support obligor's assets, and by facilitating income-withholding. The Act did away with Aid to Families with Dependent Children in favor of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families. The length of time that persons could receive welfare was limited by the Act and tied states' receipt of federal child-support funds to their implementing enhanced paternity-establishment services. The Act is also termed as Welfare Reform Act.