History of Child Support & Legal Authorities
Necessary Party Process
OCSS is a necessary party in any court case involving custody and child support issues where the family is receiving TANF benefits, where either parent is receiving a child care subsidy, or when the child(ren) is receiving SoonerCare benefits.
OCSS is also a party whenever a party opens a case with us. When OCSS is a necessary party, we must approve all temporary and final orders prior to their entry by the court. OCSS provides several resources to make this process simpler for the courts, for private attorneys, and for OCSS.
Necessary Party Forms
Child Support Guidelines
All child support orders in Oklahoma must comply with the child support guidelines. The guidelines were significantly overhauled in 2008, with the changes going into effect on July 1, 2009.
Child Support Contempt
Many OCSS customers lack resources necessary to obtain representation on their legal issues. OCSS is committed to the rights of all parties to have access to the courts. OCSS has developed several packets that pro se customers can use to get their cases before the courts. These forms are easy to use and include instructions for completion.
Pro Se Forms
Legal Outreach and CLE
OCSS encourages and supports members of the private bar who wish to provide legal services to OCSS customers. OCSS conducts legal outreach seminars each year.
For information regarding OCSS' legal outreach/pro bono program, contact Amy Page.
Working with OAH
The Office of Administrative Hearings has jurisdiction over child support matters when OCSS has a case open for services. OAH decisions are final orders of the court and are appealed to district court. OAH is a court of record and prepares records for cases on appeal.
Contact OAH for court filing or for a record on appeal.
Child Support Resources Nationwide
OCSS collaborates with a variety of partners to help formulate and implement nationwide policies on child support issues. The following links are to partners outside of OCSS.