Timely news, information and advice concentrating on FHA, VA and USDA residential mortgage lending.

Vimeo Channel YouTube Channel

FHA Loan Answers: Does Alimony/Child Support Count As Income?

March 28, 2014


We’ve been discussing topics this week related to FHA loan rules for income and employment. The participating FHA lender is responsible for verifying an FHA loan applicant’s employment and income to make sure it is stable and reliable.

Not all forms of income can be used on the FHA loan application. Sporadic income from sales of goods online, for example, may not qualify, and certain types of commissions may not qualify depending on their frequency. GI Bill housing stipends cannot be used because they are not “likely to continue” past a certain number of months.

Then there is the common question about child support and/or alimony payments. Can this form of income, if declared on the FHA loan application, be used to qualify for the mortgage?

Chapter Four of HUD 4155.1 provides the answers.

“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, which includes a copy of the

− final divorce decree
− legal separation agreement,
− court order, or
− voluntary payment agreement, and

• the borrower can provide acceptable evidence that payments have been received during the last 12 months, such as
− cancelled checks
− deposit slips
− tax returns, or
− court records.”

Are FHA loan applicants with less than 12 months of child support or alimony income left out in the cold? Not if certain conditions are met, according to Chapter Four:

“Periods less than 12 months may be acceptable, provided the lender can adequately document the payer’s ability and willingness to make timely payments.”

Do you have questions about FHA home loans? Ask us in the comments section. You can apply or get pre-approved for an FHA loan at FHA.com, a private company and not a government website.

Joe Wallace - Staff Writer

By Joe Wallace

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.

Connect with Joe:


Browse by Date:

About FHANewsBlog.com
FHANewsBlog.com was launched in 2010 by seasoned mortgage professionals wanting to educate homebuyers about the guidelines for FHA insured mortgage loans. Popular FHA topics include credit requirements, FHA loan limits, mortgage insurance premiums, closing costs and many more. The authors have written thousands of blogs specific to FHA mortgages and the site has substantially increased readership over the years and has become known for its “FHA News and Views”.

5850 San Felipe Suite #500, Houston, TX 77057 281-398-6111.
FHANewsBlog.com is privately funded and is not a government agency.

Share This