FAA6.A Changes : 03 Effecting Changes : C Child Support Expense - Effecting Changes
Child Support Expense - Effecting Changes
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Effecting changes in the amount of child support being paid.
Policy
For NA and CA Standard Reporting, changes in a participant’s obligation to pay child support must be reported.
For NA, the changes in the legal obligation to pay child support that must be reported include but are not limited to, the following:
Increase or decrease of more than $50 in the monthly amount of legally obligated child support expense paid
Termination of the obligation when the child reaches the age at which child support is no longer legally obligated
For CA, child support payments are not required to be court ordered. Changes in child support expenses must be reported for any of the following:
A nonparticipant parent of a minor parent, when living together.
A nonparticipant stepparent.
When the participant pays less than the monthly court ordered amount, only the amount paid is allowable.
Court ordered child support or cash medical support payments made by a participant to an agency (such as the Division of Child Support Services (DCSS)) or to the court are allowable expense deductions.
Employer charges for garnishments that are not part of the court-ordered child or cash medical support expense are not allowed.
FAA must request information verification no later than the close of business on the workday after the date the change is received. Information requested by FAA must be provided within ten calendar days of the request. When the information due date falls on a weekend or holiday, extend the due date to the following workday.
When the reported change will cause a decrease in benefits and enough information is provided, the decrease of benefits is completed without verification and a notice is sent. Verification may be requested at the next renewal. When enough information is provided with the reported change to stop benefits, verification is not requested. FAA stops benefits and sends a closure notice.
FAA must allow for Notice of Adverse Action (NOAA), when decreasing or stopping benefits. In certain situations, no notice is required. When this occurs, see Changes Requiring No Notice.
Recurring legally owed child or cash medical support arrearages are allowable for NA when the expense has been verified as paid.
Nonrecurring lump sum child or cash medical support expense is allowable for NA in the month the expense is paid. When the nonrecurring lump sum payment is more than the court order, budget the court ordered amount unless the expense includes recurring child or cash medical support arrearages or clearinghouse fees.
The participant may pay their legally owed child support or cash medical support payment to a third party in place of the cash payment in accordance with the court order. When this occurs, the payment is allowable for NA. Payments include, but are not limited to, the following:
Mortgage payments
Insurance payments
Car payments
Medical insurance and bills
The lesser of either of the following is allowed:
The court ordered amount
The verified amount actually paid
FAA does not allow employer charges for garnishments that are not part of the court-ordered child or cash medical support expense.
When a reported change results in a benefit increase, FAA must verify the information before effecting the change.
Verification
Acceptable verification of the legally obligated child support amount includes the following:
Court records
Pay records from the Clerk of the Court in Arizona or another state
Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) documents showing the amount of support required to be paid
SSA or SSI pay history from the HEAplus State Online Query Internet (SOLQI) screen or the SSA award letter when the child support is taken out of the benefit
Acceptable verification of the pay history includes the following:
Pay records from the Clerk of the Court in Arizona or another state
Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) documents showing the amount of current support paid
Copies of cancelled checks or money order receipts made out to the custodial parent
Receipts and pay histories from any state’s child support centralized payment processing center
Paycheck stub with garnishment amount
Written statement from a person not in the budgetary unit to whom payments are made
SSA or SSI pay history from the HEAplus State Online Query Internet (SOLQI) screen or the SSA award letter when the child support is taken out of the benefit
Legal Authorities
7 CFR 273.2(f)(1)(xii)
7 CFR 273.9(c)(17)
7 CFR 273.12(a)(1)(vi)
AAC R6-12-703.3
last revised 08/30/2021