The child may leave the home of the custodial parent, or begin living with an absent
parent, or the absent parent may begin living in the household of the child and custodial
parent. For purposes of deeming, change of status is effective with the month following
the month the change occurs. For more information on deeming policies when a child’s
household changes, see SI 01320.550.
If the child lives in a household and receives child support payments from a parent
in that same household, do not consider the parent absent. The support is unearned
income (type “SS”) to the child. The one-third exclusion does not apply to these payments
because the one-third child support exclusion only applies to payments from an absent
parent. On the SSI Claims System Child Support page, “Court ordered-parent in household”
and the system does not apply the one-third child support exclusion.
EXAMPLE 1: A parent who was absent moves into household with eligible child and custodial
A mother who was absent moves into the same household with the father and their children.
She continues to give the father a child support payment each week as required by
the court order.
The payments are type “SS” unearned income to the children. The one-third exclusion
does not apply to these payments. On the Child Support page, select “Court ordered-parent
in household” as the “Type” of income the person receives from the drop-down list.
Begin deeming the mother's income in the month following the month the parent and
children begin living in the same household. Deduct the court-ordered child support
from the mother’s income prior to deeming by selecting deductions on the mother’s
applicable income page and enter the amount of the court-ordered child support on
the Child Support page. The system does not include the amount of the court-ordered
child support in the deeming computation.
EXAMPLE 2: Child lives with both parents and father contributes to household
Both parents and their children live in the same household. The father works and gives
the mother a money each week to help run the household and pay for the family's needs.
Do not charge income to the mother or children due to this exchange of money. However,
include the support amount in the father's deemed income.
EXAMPLE 3: Child lives with both parents and mother contributes to household
Both parents and the child live in the same household. The mother works and uses her
income to pay the rent, utilities, other bills, and provide for her family's other
The amount of money the mother spends to support her family is included in her income
that is subject to deeming. Do not charge the mother’s contribution as support income
to the father or child.