FAA4.H Unearned Income (UNIN UNIC) : 03 Types of Unearned Income - Overview : O Child, Spousal or Cash Medical Support
O Child, Spousal or Cash Medical Support
 
(08/01/16 - 09/30/16)
Child, spousal or cash medical support is any payment ordered by the court and received by a participant, from any of the following:
 
An absent parent
The Clerk of the Court in Arizona or another state
Any state’s child support centralized payment processing center
A private collection agency
The Division of Child Support Services (DCSS)
 
NOTE For a listing of state web sites that provide child support income information online, see Child Support Payment information on-line.
 
A child, spousal or cash medical support payment that is received by a participant but not court ordered is countable as a gift unless the payment is a recurring arrearage payment.
 
WARNING
On 07/01/03, DCSS began issuing child support income to Benefit Cap children. This support income must be keyed next to the participant for whom the support is court ordered to be paid, using the appropriate BC code.
 
Support payments are considered unearned income of the participant for whom the support is court ordered to be paid. Key the support income on UNIN next to the participant for whom the support is court ordered to be paid using the appropriate support income code.
 
NOTE Budget current support income over the court ordered amount ONLY when the amount over is due to averaging. Any monies actually received for current support that are over the court ordered amount (not due to averaging) are countable as a gift.
 
When part of a support payment is for a Benefit Capped (BC) child or a child receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), complete the following to identify a specific amount for each child:
 
Determine for which children the absent parent is paying child support.
Divide the total amount of income equally between the number of children receiving support to determine each child's share.
Key the portion of court ordered support income intended for a BC or SSI child separately using the appropriate BC code.
 
Key the BC or SSI child’s support income next to the participant for whom the support is court ordered to be paid, using one of the following BC codes:
 
BC RE (current)
BC AR (arrearage)
BC LS (lump sum
 
WARNING
Court ordered child support payments intended for a Benefit Capped Child or a child receiving Supplemental Security Income must be keyed next to the participant to whom the support is court ordered to be paid.
 
The following policies and procedures outline which support income is countable or not countable:
 
 
(See Budgeting Child Support for policy and procedures regarding budgeting support payments.)