What’s Not Income Under the Tennessee Child Support Guidelines
Under the Tennessee Child Support Guidelines, there are not many exclusions from income. So, if an exclusion applies, a parent needs to take advantage. Child support received for another child is excluded, which makes sense. But, note that income from SSI is excluded even though disability income may be included.
(c) Excluded from gross income are the following:
1. Child support payments received by either parent for the benefit of children of another relationship; or
2. Benefits received from means-tested public assistance programs such as, but not limited to:
(i) Families First, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or similar programs in other states or territories under Title IV-A of the Social Security Act;
(ii) Food Stamps or the value of food assistance provided by way of electronic benefits transfer procedures by the Food Stamp agency;
(iii) Supplemental Security Income (SSI) received under Title XVI of the Social Security Act;
(iv) Benefits received under Section 402(d) of the Social Security Act for disabled adult children of deceased disabled workers; and
(v) Low Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) payments.
3. The child’s income from any source, including, but not limited to, trust income and Social Security benefits drawn on the child’s disability.
4. Adoption Assistance subsidy under Tennessee’s Interstate Compact on Adoption Assistance, found at Tennessee Code Annotated § 36-1-201 et seq. or another state’s adoption assistance subsidy which is based on the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act (42 USC 670 et seq.).
Tennessee Child Support Guidelines, August 2008.
Memphis divorce attorney, Miles Mason, Sr., JD, CPA, practices family law exclusively with the Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC in Memphis, Tennessee serving clients in Germantown, Collierville and the west Tennessee area. To learn more about Tennessee child support laws, read and view:
- Tennessee Child Support & Divorce Law Answers to FAQs
- How to Modify Child Support in Tennessee
- Tennessee Child Support Law Video Series
- Tennessee Child Support Resources
- Top 6 Tennessee Child Support Strategies