The following words and terms, when used in this
Chapter, shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates
record" or "AOR"
means an address for a party or a custodial person (CP) in the Central Case
Registry of Child Support Services (CSS) used for service of process in
support, custody, and visitation actions.
An AOR may be different from the party's or CP's physical address.
"Alleged father" means a
man who alleges himself to be, or is alleged to be, the genetic father or a
possible genetic father of a child, but whose paternity has not been determined
per Section 7700-102 of Title 10
of the Oklahoma Statutes (10 O.S. § 7700-102).
health coverage" means health care
services other than health insurance including, but not limited to, Indian
Health Services (IHS) or Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System
(DEERS) available to either parent under which medical services could be
provided to the dependent child(ren).
notice" means the yearly notice provided for in 56 O.S. § 237A to notify the noncustodial parent (NCP) and CP of the amount due,
actions that may be taken to enforce the child support obligation, actions
required of the NCP and CP, and other related information and instructions.
"Applicant" means the individual who requested child support services or was
referred by another agency or program for child support services.
"Arrears," "arrearage," or "past-due support" means the
total amount of unpaid support obligations accrued under a support order. Refer to "delinquency" in this
"Assignment" means any transfer of rights to support to the State of Oklahoma under
Sections 608 and 671 of Title 42 of the United States Code (42 U.S.C. §§ 608 and 671) or any transfer of rights to medical support and to payment of medical
care from any third party under Section 433.146 of Title 42 of the Code of
Federal Regulations (42 C.F.R. § 433.146).
representative" means a person
designated by a CP, NCP, or biological parent per Oklahoma Administrative Code
parent" means the natural parent of a child.
"Case" means the relationship of a particular group of people bound by legal
rights and duties for the support of a child(ren) who is receiving or received
child support services and all of the records and actions associated with the
support" means an
amount ordered to be paid toward the cost of health coverage provided by a
public entity or by a person other than the parents through employment or
otherwise per 43 O.S. § 118F.
"CCR" means Oklahoma's repository for Part D of Subchapter IV of Chapter 7 of Title 42 of the United States Code (Title IV-D) cases and child
support orders established or modified in Oklahoma after October 1, 1998. It includes, but is not limited to,
information required to be transmitted to the Federal Case Registry per 42 U.S.C. § 654a. CSS maintains the CCR per
43 O.S. § 112A.
Support Registry" means a repository
maintained by CSS to receive, allocate, and distribute support payments,
including child support, spousal support when paid in conjunction with child
support, and related support payments per 43 O.S. § 413. It serves as Oklahoma's State Disbursement
Unit per 42 U.S.C. § 654b. The
Centralized Support Registry processes payments per 43 O.S. § 413:
(A) in all cases in which child support services are being provided under the state child support
plan as provided under Section 237 of Title 56 of the Oklahoma Statutes until
all monies owed for child support are no longer owed;
(B) in all other cases in
which support is being paid by income withholding; and
(C) when a court orders payments to be made through the Centralized
support order" means an
obligation addressing monetary support, cash medical support, medical support
for the child(ren), and support arrearage and arrearage payments, when any.
"CSED" means Oklahoma
Department of Human Services Child Support Services.
"CSS" means Child
Support Services. CSS includes a central
state office, district offices, and other offices that may be administered
through contract or cooperative agreements with district attorneys, community
action program agencies, and others. CSS
includes all of these offices, employees, and agents. CSS was formerly known as CSED and Oklahoma
Child Support Services (OCSS).
support" means the base child support obligation
and the proportional share of health insurance costs, fixed medical costs,
transportation expenses, and annualized child care costs. Current child support does not include cash
or "CP" means the person
who has primary physical custody of the child(ren).
"Delinquency" means any payment under
an order for support which becomes due and remains unpaid per 12 O.S. §1170 and 56 O.S. § 237.7.
"DHS" means the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, formerly known as
OKDHS. DHS is the state agency designated
to administer the child support program for the State of Oklahoma.
office" means a child support services office
operated by DHS or through contract or agreement with DHS to serve a specific
area of the state.
violence" means domestic abuse or child abuse,
including physical or emotional harm.
medical" means fixed periodic payments for ongoing
medical costs not paid or reimbursed by insurance, or included in a cash
medical support order.
"Full-service case" means a
child support case for which CSS provides all appropriate Title IV-D services
per OAC 340:25-1-1.2.
insurance" means insurance coverage that provides
routine and major medical expenses including, but not limited to: preventive
care, office visits, hospitalization, and medication coverage that may be
provided through a fee for service, health maintenance organization, preferred
provider organization, or other private or public organization, other than
administrative enforcement cases in interstate actions" means on request of another state, the identification by a state,
through automated data matches with financial institutions and other entities
where assets may be found, of assets owned by persons who owe child support in
other states, and the seizure of such assets by the state through levy or other appropriate processes per 42 U.S.C. § 666.
assignment" means an assignment, by operation of law
or by court or administrative order of a portion of the monies, income, or
periodic earnings due and owing by the NCP to the person entitled to the
support or to another person designated by the support order or assignment, per
12 O.S. §1170 and 56 O.S. § 237.7. An
income assignment may be for payment of current support, arrearages, or
both. The terms "income
assignment" and "income withholding" may be used
case" means a case in which at least one party
resides in another state or country or a support order was entered in another
state or country.
case" means a case existing or occurring within
the boundaries of a single state.
"IV-A" means Title IV, Part A, of the Social Security Act, codified in 42
U.S.C. Part A of Subchapter IV of Chapter 7, covering the federal‑state
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program.
"IV-B" means Title IV,
Part B, of the Social Security Act, codified in 42 U.S.C. Part B of Subchapter
IV of Chapter 7, covering child welfare services.
"IV-D" means Title IV, Part D, of the Social Security Act, codified in 42
U.S.C. Part D of Subchapter IV of Chapter 7, generally relating to child
case" means a child support case receiving Title
and services" means programs and services under Title
IV, Part D, of the Social Security Act, codified in 42 U.S.C. Part D of
Subchapter IV of Chapter 7.
"IV-E" means Title IV, Part E, of the Social Security Act, codified in 42
U.S.C. Part E of Subchapter IV of Chapter 7, covering foster care.
"IV-E foster care" means
federal and state funded placement of a child(ren) removed from a home whose
family members meet the eligibility criteria for federal participation for
Title IV-E foster care.
"Medicaid" means medical assistance provided under a state plan approved under
Title XIX of the Social Security Act, codified in 42 U.S.C. Subchapter XIX of
Chapter 7 including SoonerCare, State Children's Health Insurance Program
(S-CHIP), and Insure Oklahoma. In
Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) provides Medicaid services
for eligible adults and children.
"Medical enforcement only case" or "MEO case" means a child support case for which CSS
provides only Title IV-D services related to securing and enforcing medical
support to non-TANF SoonerCare (Medicaid) recipients.
"Medical support" means health insurance, alternative health coverage, cash medical
support, or a combination of these for the benefit of a minor child(ren).
"Member of military service" or "servicemember"
means any member of the uniformed service on active duty including the Army,
Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.
Also included are members of the National Guard called to active
service, certain members of the Public Health Service, National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration, Reserves when ordered to report for active military
duty, and United States citizens serving with the military of other countries
when that service is similar to military service per 50 App. U.S.C. §§ 511, 514, and 516. A servicemember may be an
NCP or a CP.
"Non-cash support" means support given to a family in the nature
of goods or services that can be assigned a specific dollar value in lieu of
"NCP" means a parent who does not have primary physical custody
of the child(ren).
case" means a private child support case not
receiving Title IV-D services.
"Non-IV-E foster care" means state
funded placement of a child(ren) removed from a home where the child(ren) does
not meet federal Title IV-E participation requirements.
SoonerCare (Medicaid)" means a case in
which a parent or CP receives Title XIX Medicaid services for the minor
"Notice of Income Assignment" means the tool used
to affect the income withholding process.
This document is used to notify employers and other withholders to
deduct child support payments from an NCP's income and to send the payments to
Oklahoma's Centralized Support Registry for distribution. The terms "income withholding" and
"income assignment" may be used interchangeably.
"OAH" means the DHS Legal Office of Administrative Hearings: Child Support
(OAH) that employs and assigns administrative law judges to conduct child
support administrative hearings.
"Obligee" or "person entitled"
per 56 O.S. § 237.7 means:
(A) a person to whom a support
debt or support obligation is owed;
(B) the Department of Human
Services or a public agency of another state that has the right to receive
current or accrued support payments or that is providing support enforcement
(C) a person designated in a
support order or as otherwise specified by the court.
"Obligor" means the person who is required to make payments under an order for
support per 12 O.S. §1170 and 56 O.S. § 237.7.
"OCSS" means CSS.
"Offset" means an amount of money intercepted from an NCP's state or federal tax
refund or from an administrative payment, such as federal retirement benefits
to satisfy a child support debt.
"OKDHS" means DHS.
Health Care Authority (OHCA)" means the
Oklahoma agency that administers the Medicaid and SoonerCare programs for
adults and children who meet eligibility requirements. OHCA operates under the authority of Title
XIX of the Social Security Act and 63 O.S. §§ 5003 et seq.
"Overpayment" means a CSS payment to a CP, NCP, or other entity to which the entity
or person is not entitled.
in a case" means a child, parent, alleged father, or
CP associated with a child support services case.
support" means past-due support or support for a
prior period. Refer to "arrears"
in this Section.
"Payment plan" includes, but is
not limited to, a plan approved by the court or the support enforcement entity
that provides sufficient security to ensure compliance with a support order,
incorporates voluntary or involuntary income assignment, or a similar plan for
periodic payment of past-due support and, when applicable, current and future
support per 43 O.S. § 139.1 and 56 O.S. § 237.7. A payment plan is intended to incrementally
"Payor" means any person or
entity paying monies, income, or earnings to an obligor. In the case of a self-employed person, the
"payor" and "obligor" may be the same person per 12 O.S. §1170 and 56 O.S. § 237.7.
"Presumed father" means a
man who, by operation of law per 10 O.S. § 7700-204, is recognized as
the father of a child until that status is rebutted or confirmed in a judicial
"Record" means a written document or image stored in electronic or physical form.
Security Act" means Public Law 74-271, codified in 42
U.S.C. Chapter 7 that established the Title IV-D program and other social
attorney" means a lawyer employed in the child
support program to represent the state in rendering services per the Social
Security Act, codified in Title 42 U.S.C. Part D of Subchapter IV of Chapter 7.
"Support" per 56 O.S. § 237.7 means all payments or other obligations due and
owing to the CP or person entitled by the NCP under a support order, and may
include, but is not limited to, child support, medical insurance or other
health benefit plan premiums or payments, child care obligations, support
alimony payments, and other obligations as specified in 43 O.S. §§ 118A through 119 of Title 43.
"Support for a prior period" means the amount of child support ordered under the child support
guidelines in 43 O.S. §§ 118A through 119 in paternity orders and in TANF notice
of support debt orders for past months when no child support order was in
order" per 43 O.S. § 601-101 means a judgment,
decree, order or directive, whether temporary, final, or subject to
modification, issued by a tribunal for the benefit of a child, a spouse, or a
former spouse, which provides for monetary support, health care, arrearages, or
reimbursement, and may include related costs and fees, interest, income
withholding, attorney's fees, and other relief.
"TANF" means Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. TANF replaces Aid to Families with Dependent
"Tribunal" per 43 O.S. § 601-101, means a court or administrative
agency authorized to establish, enforce, modify support orders, or determine
"UIFSA" means the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act. In Oklahoma, UIFSA is codified at 43 O.S. §§
601-100 through 601-903.
public assistance" means money paid
as cash assistance from Title IV-A and Title IV-E programs that has not been
"UPA" means the Uniform Parentage Act.
In Oklahoma, UPA is codified in 10 O.S. §§ 7700-101 through 7700-902.