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FHA Loans and Verifiable Income: Alimony, Child Support, and Maintenance Payments

Borrowers applying for an FHA home loan have good reason to consider listing alimony, child support, and maintenance payment income on their loan applications.

Not all wish to have this type of income included in their application data, but when accompanied by proper documentation and when verified by the lender, these types of “non-employment income” can be used to help calculate the borrower’s debt-to-income ratio for FHA loan approval.

But what does the FHA require in order to verify and approve these income sources for the FHA loan?

According to the FHA official site, “Alimony, child support, or maintenance income may be considered effective, if

–payments are likely to be received consistently for the first three years of the mortgage
–the borrower provides the required documentation”

What does that documentation include? FHA rules say the borrower must provide a court order, divorce decree, separation agreement, and/or a statement of voluntary payments or other paperwork that shows in writing what the terms of the agreement are and how much per payment. Your lender may also require evidence that payments have been received over the previous year, which can include receipts, deposit slips, tax statements, or court records.

If payments have started but have not been going for a full year, FHA loan rules state, “Periods less than 12 months may be acceptable, provided the lender can adequately document the payer

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By Joe Wallace

June 6, 2012

Joe Wallace has been specializing in military and personal finance topics since 1995. His work has appeared on Air Force Television News, The Pentagon Channel, ABC and a variety of print and online publications. He is a 13-year Air Force veteran and a member of the Air Force Public Affairs Alumni Association. He was Managing editor for www.valoans.com for (8) years and is currently the Associate Editor for FHANewsblog.com.

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