Child Support Disregard (Intake & SWAP)
At intake when determining initial eligibility and budgeting for regular roll, the entire amount of child support that is received by the client and not forwarded to HFS is unearned income, less a disregard per case of up to $100 a month for one child or up to $200 a month for two or more children. The number of children is based on the number of children receiving TANF on the case.
Pass Through Payment
When child support payments are collected by HFS, the family will receive a pass through payment of up to $100 of child support collected in a month for one child or up to $200 of child support collected in a month for two or more children per case. The number of children is based on the number of children receiving TANF on the case. The pass through payment is systematically generated and sent to the customer. When determining ongoing eligibility, the pass through payment is disregarded. The child support payments collected and kept by HFS are not considered unearned income.
Child support is exempt from medical cases that use MAGI budgeting. See PM 08-03-02-a.
For budgeting child support on AABD Medical cases, see PM 08-02-06-e and PM 15-04-03-f.
See PM 24-05-00 for a complete description of the various types of child support payments.
For child support payments made to a person who does not live with the child for whom the payment is intended, see PM 08-01-07-e.
Excess Child Support
Excess child support redirected to a client by the Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) is budgeted as nonexempt unearned income for the next payment month that can be affected.
When budgeting excess child support payments received by an employed client, deduct 3/4 of the excess support. Budget the remaining 1/4 for the next payment month that can be affected.