The following words and terms, when used in this Chapter shall have the
following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
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 (OAC) 340:25-1-3.1.
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 group.
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.
Registry" or "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
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 and was replaced by Child
"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).
child 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
person," "custodian," 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
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 SoonerCare (Medicaid).
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 interchangeably.
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
"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
"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 support.
case" means a child support case receiving Title IV-D services.
programs 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
"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
"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
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 U.S.C. §§ 3911, 3914,
and 3917. 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 monetary payment.
parent" or "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 child(ren).
"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
"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
"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
"Overpayment" means a CSS
payment to a CP, NCP, or other entity to which the entity or person is not
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 proceeding.
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 services programs.
attorney" means a lawyer employed in the child support program to represent the
state in rendering services per the Social Security Act, codified in 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 specified in 43 O.S. §§ 118A through 119.
"Support for a prior period" means the amount of child support ordered
under the child support guidelines in 43 O.S. §§ 118 through 119 in paternity
orders and in TANF notice of support debt orders for past months when no child
support order was in effect.
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
"TANF" means Temporary
Assistance for Needy Families. TANF
replaces Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC).
"Tribunal" per 43 O.S. § 601-101, means a
court or administrative agency authorized to establish, enforce, modify support
orders, or determine parentage.
"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 recovered.
"UPA" means the Uniform Parentage Act. In Oklahoma, UPA is codified in 10 O.S. §§
7700-101 through 7700-902.