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340:2-28-2. Definitions

Revised 9-15-22

        The following words and terms, when used in this Subchapter, shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

        "ALJ" means an administrative law judge in the Office of Administrative Hearings:  Child Support.

        "Authorized representative" means a person designated under law to act for another person or an entity, such as a guardian of a child or an executor of an estate.

        "Child Support Enforcement Division" or "CSED" means the Child Support Enforcement Division of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS).  District offices of CSED may be administered by OKDHS or through contract or cooperative agreements with district attorneys, Community Action Program (CAP) agencies, Native American tribal organizations, and others.  As used in this Subchapter, CSED includes all of these district offices and their employees and agents.

        "Custodian" means the person who has primary physical custody of the child(ren).

        "Electronic filing" means the submission of documents to the Office of Administrative Hearings: Child Support through an electronic medium rather than the use of a paper document.

        "In camera" means before the ALJ without spectators.

        "In forma pauperis affidavit" means a sworn declaration or statement of facts made by an indigent person seeking waiver of transcription costs and fees.

        "IV-D" means Title IV, Part D, of the Social Security Act generally relating to child support.  Title IV appears in the United States Code as Sections 601 through 687, Subchapter IV, Chapter 7, Title 42

        "IV-D case" means a child support case receiving IV-D services.

        "Natural person" means a human being as opposed to an entity created by law.

        "Noncustodial parent" means a parent who does not have primary physical custody of the child(ren).

        "OAH" means the Office of Administrative Hearings:  Child Support within OKDHS Legal Services.  [56 O.S. § 237.7]

        "Obligor" means the person required to make payments under an order for support.  [12 O.S. § 1170 and 56 O.S. § 237.7

        "Pleading" means a formal document that contains statements or allegations that constitute a cause of action or defense.

        "Pro se" means without a lawyer.

        "Writ of mandamus" means a written order issued by a court to compel a lower court or government officer to perform mandatory or ministerial duties correctly.

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