Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Social Services
State Board of Social Services
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [22 VAC 40 ‑ 601]
Income Exclusion for Legally Obligated Child Support Payments
Action 4491
General Information
Action Summary The intent of this action is to reduce countable income used in determining eligibility for SNAP benefits for applicants and recipients paying child support pursuant to a court or administrative order. A new section, 80, will be created to accomplish this. This action alters current procedures by excluding the support amount paid as countable income, instead of allowing the support amount paid as a deduction from the income. Changing the method in which child support payments are allowed could potentially result in higher SNAP benefit amounts for households that pay support. The goal is to create an incentive to keep child support payments current.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [004595]
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
7410 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 12/14/2016.
7828 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 10/22/2017.
8207 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 10/31/2018.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Vanea Preston  / Assistant Director
Address: 801 East Main Street

Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Phone: (804)726-7889    FAX: (804)726-7356    TDD: (800)828-1120