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B. If a child receives benefits, such as social security or insurance, because paying parent made child eligible to receive such benefits by paying into system, those amounts will be credited toward paying parent's child support obligation in manners described. Notice this is a "shall" and not a "may," meaning that court has no discretion in this child support matter.
C. As mentioned above, a parent who receives payments directly on his or her behalf must include those amounts in income totals used to calculate child support. However, exception to this provision is provided by Child Support Guidelines Section 5(B) which states, "Gross income does not include sums received as child support or benefits received from means-tested public assistance programs including, but not limited to, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Food Stamps and General Assistance."
In summary, Social Security and other benefits may affect child support calculations in Arizona. Consult an attorney in your jurisdiction to find out how your case will be affected.
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