Can a lender or broker ask me about the alimony, child support, or separate maintenance payments that I receive?

In general, only if you want the creditor to consider such payments as part of your application for credit. A lender or broker may ask whether income stated in your application comes from alimony, child support, or separate maintenance payments. However, the lender or broker must tell you that you do not have to reveal such income if you do not want it considered.

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