(a) Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Support Services (CSS) initiates child support cases, per Title IV, Part D, of Subchapter IV of Chapter 7 of Title 42 of the United States Code, Sections 302.33 and 303.2 of Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations, and Section 237 of Title 56 of the Oklahoma Statutes (56 O.S. § 237).
(b) To apply for child support services, a person must submit a completed and signed application form to the address on the form.
A one cent application fee is paid by CSS for each application received.
An application for child support services is submitted in every circumstance, including applications received by: •
(1) former Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), or non-TANF SoonerCare (Medicaid) recipients with DHS;
(2) former participants in Title IV-D cases;
(3) noncustodial parents (NCP) listed on an existing medical enforcement only case, when the NCP is requesting a review and adjustment or to open a new case, per Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC) 340:25-5-198.1; or
(4) persons receiving child support payments from the Centralized Support Registry and not currently receiving child support services through CSS. •
(c) Application forms are obtained at any child support or other DHS office or by writing or phoning CSS at the address and phone numbers provided in OAC 340:25-1-2.1.
Printable application forms are available from the CSS website at http://www.okdhs.org.
(d) An applicant who is a custodial person (CP) must give DHS authority to endorse and negotiate payments related to child support and to spousal support on behalf of the CP and child(ren).
(e) CSS accepts an application from a CP, parent, or person alleging his or her parentage and opens a case when: •
(1) the child is a minor or is still entitled to current support per 43 O.S. § 112;
(2) the application is to enforce a child support order for an adult with disabilities per 43 O.S. § 112.1A;
(3) parentage must be established for a minor child against a deceased NCP per OAC 340:25-5-176; or
(4) the former CP's parental rights were terminated, then the child was adopted, and the application to collect past-due support owed to the former CP was received before the adoption.
(f) CSS does not accept applications for collection of past-due support when:
(1) all children on the application have reached the age of majority and none is an adult with disabilities with an established child support order; •
(2) the child is deceased; or
(3) the child is a minor but no longer resides with the CP.
(g) CSS accepts applications for locate only services per OAC 340:25-5-155.