Legal authorities. Oklahoma Department of Human Services Child Support Services (CSS) establishes parentage and provides genetic testing when appropriate based on the facts of the case, per:
653, 654, and 666 of Title 42 of the United States Code (42 U.S.C. §§ 653, 654, & 666);
Parts 302 and 303 of Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations; and
83, 84, 90.4, and 7700-101 through 7700-902 of Title 10 of the Oklahoma Statutes (10 O.S. §§ 83, 90.4, and 7700-101 - 7700-902), 43 O.S. §§
601-201, 601-401, & 601-701, 56 O.S. §§ 230.60, 231 - 240.23, and 63 O.S. §§ 1-311 and 1-321. • 1 through 7
Legal parents. CSS applies the presumptions in 10 O.S. §
7700-204(A)(1) through (4) to an individual when the individual and the woman who gave birth to the child are married. CSS applies the presumption in 10 O.S. §
7700-204(A)(5) to an individual regardless of gender. CSS requests the court confirm parentage in cases where the individual is a presumed parent.
Acknowledgment of Paternity. Form 03PA209E, Acknowledgment of Paternity, can only be completed by the biological mother and biological father of the child, per 10 O.S. §
7700-301. CSS provides Form 03PA209E, Acknowledgment of Paternity, for voluntary acknowledgment of paternity per 10 O.S. §
7700-312 and 63 O.S. §§ 1-311 &
1-311.3. CSS also provides companion forms that include instructions for completion, described (1) through (4) of this subsection. Signed and witnessed forms must be filed with the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), Division of Vital Records.
(1) When parents of an adult child, 18 years of age or older, complete Form 03PA209E, the adult child must give consent to add the natural father's name to the birth certificate. The child indicates consent by signing Form 03PA212E, Adult Child's (18 Years or Older) Consent.
(2) Form 03PA210E, Denial of Parentage, must accompany Form 03PA209E if the mother of a child is married to someone other than the natural father and the child is born within 300 calendar days after the marriage is terminated per 10 O.S. §
7700-204. • 9
(3) Per 10 O.S. §§ 7700-307 & 7700-312, CSS provides Form 03PA211E, Rescission of Acknowledgment of Paternity, to rescind the legal finding of parentage created by having previously signed Form 03PA209E. This form must be completed, signed, and filed with the OSDH Division of Vital Records within 60 calendar days after the date of the last signature on Form 03PA209E.
(A) When a person submits Form 03PA211E within 60 calendar days after the date of the last signature on Form 03PA209E, CSS sends notice of the rescission to all other signatories on Forms 03PA209E and 03PA210E. Notice is given by mailing a copy of the rescission to the address of the signatories as shown on Forms 03PA209E and 03PA210E and to the last-known address of the signatories, if different.
(B) When rescissions are submitted to CSS past the 60 calendar day time period, CSS sends a letter to the person who submitted Form 03PA211E informing the person the rescission is invalid because it was not timely submitted.
(4) Per 10 O.S. §§
7700-312, CSS provides Form 03PA213E, Rescission of Denial of Parentage, to rescind the legal finding of parentage created by having previously signed Form 03PA210E. Form 03PA213E must be completed, signed, and filed with the OSDH Division of Vital Records within 60 calendar days after the date of the last signature on Forms 03PA209E and 03PA210E.
(A) When a person submits Form 03PA213E to CSS within 60 calendar days after the date of the last signatures on Forms 03PA209E and 03PA210E, CSS sends notice to all other signatories of Forms 03PA209E and 03PA210E. Notice is given by mailing a copy of Form 03PA213E, to the address of the signatories as shown on Forms 03PA209E and 03PA210E and to the last known addresses of the signatories, if different.
(B) When Form 03PA213E is submitted to CSS past the 60 calendar day time period, CSS sends a letter to the person who submitted Form 03PA213E informing the person the rescission of denial of parentage is invalid because it was not timely submitted.
Servicemembers. When CSS establishes parentage and either parent is a servicemember, CSS applies the provisions of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, codified in 50 U.S.C. §§ 3901 through 4043. • 10
Genetic testing of relatives. When CSS has the cooperation of a deceased alleged biological father's relatives, CSS establishes parentage of the child(ren) through genetic testing of the relatives as necessary according to the standards and provisions of the Uniform Parentage Act, 10 O. S. §§
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Supplemental Security Income (SSI). CSS establishes parentage against a parent who is disabled and receiving monthly SSI before reviewing the case for possible closure, per Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC) 340:25-5-123.
(1) CSS pursues all alleged biological fathers before requesting the court enter a default parentage order. • 12
(A) CSS requests a default order when genetic testing shows one alleged father is the biological father or all other alleged fathers have been excluded by genetic testing. CSS uses other legal processes to compel genetic testing, such as license revocation or contempt of court proceedings.
(B) CSS requests the court determine parentage when unable to obtain genetic testing on two or more alleged
(2) CSS does not request a default parentage order when the alleged
biological father is the case applicant and the CP objects to the alleged biological father being found the father without genetic testing. When a default parentage order is entered and either party contacts CSS in writing within 30-calendar days of entry of the default order, CSS treats the request as a motion to rehear, vacate, or modify, per
O.S. § 1031.1. CSS takes necessary steps to bring the action before the court for resolution. • 14
Genetic testing costs. Costs incurred in parentage establishment cases are paid per (1) through (4) of this subsection.
(1) CSS advances the costs for genetic testing and recovers the genetic test costs from the noncustodial parent or as ordered by the court.
(2) When CSS
genetic test results are contested, CSS requests payment in advance of a second genetic test by the requesting party.
(3) When a court orders CSS to provide genetic testing and CSS does not have a case open for services, CSS requires a party to complete an application for services.
(4) In interstate cases, CSS follows OAC
Genetic testing services.
(1) When parentage has not been established, CSS performs genetic testing when appropriate before establishing parentage and child support orders. CSS only performs genetic testing in open, full-service cases.
(2) The case applicant may apply for case closure, per OAC
340:25-5-123 after parentage and child support are established.
(3) CSS does not provide genetic testing only services.