Federal Payments

Payments Made By The Federal Government For The Support Of A Child

This training is an article and self-assessment test on the subject of federal benefits that are paid for the support of a child. This article discusses:
  • Federal authority for benefits that are paid pursuant to the Social Security Act and the Railroad Retirement Act of 1974.
  • California authority for treatment of benefits as child support, including the history of California statutory authorities that allow for the credit toward court-ordered child support obligations of federal benefits received for the support of a child, and the evolution of the California statutory authorities.
  • California Department of Child Support Services policy letters for the procedural aspects of applying the benefits to child support obligations being enforced by local child support agencies.


The Child Support Directors Association has been approved by The State Bar of California as a continuing legal education provider for this activity to provide Minimum Continuing Legal Education Credit in the amount of one hour of general, self-study credit.

How to Complete This Training:

  • If requesting MCLE, register for the training in the CSDA Event Manager (skip this step if you are not requesting MCLE);
  • Read the article (you can read it online, download it, or print it);
  • Complete the self-assessment test;
  • Fax the self-assessment test to CSDA at: (916) 446-1199
Answers and explanations to the self-assessment test questions will be provided to all participants who complete and submit it to CSDA via fax at: (916) 446-1199. Faxing the completed self-assessment test is NOT required if you are not requesting MCLE, but you must complete and fax it to obtain the answers and explanations! If you are requesting MCLE, once you fax your answers to the self-assessment test to CSDA, you will receive an email containing the answers and explanations to the self-assessment test and your MCLE certificate.
Click here to access the article;
Click here to access the self-assessment test
If you are unable to access the article and/or test, email: csdatraining@csdaca.org.