Individuals can have a child support order and be on welfare. However, the welfare agency may collect the child support payments and forward only a small amount, in addition to the welfare payments.
For example, a mother that receives child support before applying for welfare, may have her welfare payment reduced based on child support payments. However, parents that receive a child support order after applying for welfare, must report those payments to the welfare agency, who will then collect the payment. In most cases, around fifty dollars of child support payments may be forwarded to the welfare recipient.
Welfare laws also vary in each jurisdiction and some states may alter those requirements. In fact, some states may not take child support payments into account when making a determination about the welfare payment.