Department of Human Services Child Support Services (CSS) staff follows the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) Information Memorandum IM-03-07, available from the OCSE website at
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cse/pol/IM/2003/im-03-07.htm, to process cases involving foreign reciprocating countries.
For a list of foreign reciprocating countries, refer to Appendix 1 of IM-03-07.
(1) Oklahoma does not have bilateral agreements that have not been superseded by a federal reciprocity agreement.
(2) For proceedings with countries with which CSS does not have reciprocal enforcement agreements, CSS staff contacts the CSS state office Central Registry to request assistance to establish a bilateral agreement.
CSS staff contacts the CSS state office contract monitor for translation services, assistance in obtaining an English translation when CSS is requested to enforce or modify a foreign order and the requesting party is unable to provide an English translation.
When converting child support order amounts between United States (U.S.) dollars and foreign currency, CSS staff:
(1) uses the exchange rate recognized by the U.S. Department of State;
(2) includes language in the Order for Modification and Order Confirming Arrears specifying the:
(A) amount of arrears in foreign currency;
(B) current exchange rate as of the date of the referral or application;
(C) U.S. dollar amount equivalent; and
(D) current child support amount in U.S. dollars, when applicable; and
(3) follows the federal OCSE Policy Interpretation Question PIQ-04-01 regarding processing cases with foreign reciprocating countries.
The response to Question 6 states there is no federal rule on what date is applied for converting the foreign country's order amount into a U.S. dollar amount.
Question 6 further states the decision should be made based on state law and procedure.
PIQ-04-01 is available from the OCSE website at