Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Friday, November 5, 2021

Mississippi: Low-income Parents May Keep Child Support Payments

From Mississippi Today:

New Mississippi policy allows low-income single parents to keep child support payments with qualification. In Mississippi, most single parents who qualify for most public assistance programs are women. They must sue their children's non-custodial parent for child support payments. However, if they have received cash assistance through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, that means fathers are simply paying to the state without mothers directly receiving those child support money.

But in November, Mississippi will start allowing a child support “pass-through” of $100, according to a report by the Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review released Wednesday. It’s a policy the agency was able to enact itself without legislative approval.

The new pass-through means a separated parent who has been on welfare will receive the first $100 in child support that comes in each month before the state takes the rest. Additionally, the state will not count the $100 as income, so it shouldn’t affect the parent’s eligibility for public assistance.

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