Department of Human Services

Families First Online Policy Manual

Treatment of Child Support Income

Revised:

22.5

ELIGIBILITY DETERMINATION FOR CHILD SUPPORT PASS-THROUGH PAYMENTS

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Eligibility for child support pass-through payments is based on the AUs unmet need in its Families First budget.

 

Note: Eligibility for the supplemental payment is determined in the same manner.

 

The unmet need is determined by subtracting the AUs Net Countable Income and the Families First grant amount from the Consolidated Needs Standard (CNS). This information can be found in the eligibility and case management system.

 

If the AUs unmet need is greater than 0, the AU is eligible for child support pass-through payments up to that amount. The amount of the child support pass-through payment is the amount of support paid during the month (both current and arrears payments) up to the unmet need amount.

 

Example: A three-person AU has no countable income other than the Families First grant. Child support is collected for 07/08.

 

CNS

$1,066.00

Countable Net Income

$0.00

Families First Grant Amount

185.00

Unmet Need

$ 881.00

 

If the absent parent for this AU pays $400 in child support for 07/08 the child support pass-through payment will be $400 because the unmet need is greater than the child support paid.

Example: The same three-person AU reports receiving countable income that is budgeted for 09/08.

 

CNS

$1,066.00

Countable Net Income

550.00

Families First Grant Amount

185.00

Unmet Need

$ 331.00

 

If the absent parent pays $400 for 07/08, the child support pass-through payment will be $331.00 because the unmet need is less than the child support amount paid.

 

Note: If the grant is less than the maximum grant for the AU size, there is no unmet need and no child support pass-through payment will be issued.

 

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