A deduction may be allowed when child support is required by a support order and payments are being made. Include payments for:
- child support payments required by a support order; and
- past due amounts; and
- payments for other expenses, such as health insurance or rent, if required by a support order.
Payments must be made to, for, or on behalf of a person who is not a SNAP unit member. Do not allow alimony or spousal support payments, or voluntary child support payments.
To calculate the amount of the child support deduction, determine the average monthly child support payment made in the 3 prior fiscal months. Use the monthly average as the child support deduction for the entire approval period unless there is a
change in the payment or the support order.
If a change in the payment is reported:
- and the SNAP unit did not make payments in each of the 3 prior fiscal months, verify that a different amount will be paid before changing the amount of the deduction.
- and the SNAP unit made payments in each of the 3 prior fiscal months, it is not necessary to verify the new amount before making the change.
No Payments the 3 Prior Months
For a SNAP unit with a member who expects to make child support payments in future months, but who has not made any payments in the 3 prior fiscal months, do not allow a child support deduction, unless there is proof that payments will be made.