Any individual who is absent from the home and is legally responsible for providing financial support for a dependent child.
(See also: Noncustodial parent)
Sum of child support payments that are due or overdue.
To build up or increase child support payments over time.
A man who has established a father-child relationship by signing an acknowledgment of paternity.
(See also: adjudicated father; alleged father; legal father; presumed father)
Acknowledgment of Paternity (AOP a.k.a. 209)
Document sent out by the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement, which instructs state or federally funded tribal child support programs on the actions they must take to comply with new and amended federal laws. Has basis in federal law and regulation.
(See also: Office of Child Support Enforcement)
Document sent out as needed from federal government, which instructs state child support programs on the actions they must take to comply with new and amended federal laws; has basis in federal law and regulation.
Address of record (AOR)
An address for a party or a custodial person in the Central Case Registry of Oklahoma Child Support Services that is used for service of process in support, custody and visitation actions. An address of record is a public record and may be different from the party's or custodial person's physical address.
A man who has been adjudicated by a court of competent jurisdiction to be the father of a child.
(See also: acknowledged father; alleged father; legal father; presumed father)
The entry of a judgment, decree or order by a judge or other decision-maker based on the evidence submitted by the parties.
Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
The federal agency that houses the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) (Link opens in new window) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Administrative complaint procedure
A procedure which provides CSS customers an opportunity to raise concerns about services or treatment they receive, request an administrative review, and take appropriate action when there is evidence an error has occurred, or an action should have been taken on their case. The administrative complaint procedure is intended to offer customers a fast and effective way to review issues that have no other review process and not require a formal administrative hearing or adjudication.
(See also: complaint; inquiry)
A court specializing in administrative law. Administrative courts abide by the same rules for notices, hearings and judicial or independent administrative review that govern the work of district courts in other states. Decisions made by an administrative court have the same force as those made by a district court. The main advantage of administrative court process is that it keeps routine cases out of the crowded district court system so action can be taken more quickly.
Law created by administrative agencies in the form of rules, regulations, orders and decisions. Chapter 25 of Title 340 in the Oklahoma Administrative Code is the body of law created by Child Support Services (CSS), a division of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) .
(See also: case law)
Administrative law judge
A judicial officer who conducts hearings for an administrative agency.
The process of withholding all or part of an administrative (non-tax related) payment that is paid by the federal government to a person or entity that owes an outstanding delinquent non-tax debt to the government, and then applying the funds to reduce or satisfy the debt.
Method by which support orders are made and enforced by an executive agency rather than by district courts and judges.
A system set up in a state agency by statute for the purpose of setting and enforcing child support obligations.
A child 18 years of age or older. In Oklahoma, CSS interprets Section 112 of Title 43 of the Oklahoma Statutes (Link opens in new window) as meaning support continues for an 18 year old child who is regularly and continuously attending high school if the custodial person is providing the child with the necessities of life.
A written statement, usually notarized, that is signed under oath or by affirmation.
Affidavit of service
A notarized statement completed by a person authorized by the court to verify he or she has personally delivered a summons, subpoena, citation or order to a noncustodial parent or a member of the household older than the age of 15 in the dwelling place of the noncustodial parent.
A support order that provides one support amount for more than one child and may specify a different support amount as each child reaches the age of majority.
Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC)
Former entitlement program that made public assistance payments on behalf of children who did not have the financial support of one or both of their parents by reason of death, disability, or continued absence from the home; known in many states as ADC (Aid to Dependent Children). Replaced with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) under the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA).
(See also: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families; Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act)
A man named as the father of a child born of unmarried parents who has not been legally determined to be the father. The alleged father is also referred to as the putative father.
(See also: acknowledged father; adjudicated father; legal father; presumed father)
How the total child support payment amount is divided between the families. The accounting process used to divide receipts among the eligible obligations of an obligor. Eligible refers to active and enforceable obligations that meet the criteria to be paid by the collection being allocated.
Alternative health coverage
Health care services other than health insurance, including, but not limited to, Indian Health Services (IHS) or Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System (DEERS), which is available to either parent under which medical services could be provided to the dependent child(ren).
Means the yearly notice provided for in section 237A of Title 56 of the Oklahoma Statutes (Link opens in new window) to notify the obligor and obligee of the amount due, actions that may be taken to enforce the child support obligation, actions required of the obligor and obligee and other related information and instructions.
A written legal response filed with a court by a defendant in response to a civil complaint filed against him or her.
The individual who applied or was referred by another agency for child support services. In intergovernmental cases, the applicant is considered to be the governmental entity that referred the case to Oklahoma.
A portion of a veteran's disability compensation paid directly to the veteran's dependents.
Arrears, arrearage or past-due child support
The total amount of past due, unpaid child support owed by the noncustodial parent. If the parent has arrearages, he or she is said to be “in arrears.”
A balance sheet used to compute, audit, and reconcile the financial balances in the CSS computer system for a child support case. The arrearage computation identifies what has become due and what has been paid by an obligor as of a point in time and includes any interest accruals. This information is broken down by payee type and includes details of the distributions. This document is used as an internal tool and not distributed to the public.
Assignment (Assignment of support rights)
The legal procedure by which a person receiving public assistance agrees to turn over to the state or tribe any right to child support, including arrearages, paid by the noncustodial parent in exchange for receipt of a cash assistance grant and other benefits. States and tribes can then use a portion of said the child support to defray or recoup the public assistance expenditure also known as Assignment of Support Rights.
A person designated by a custodial person, noncustodial parent or biological parent under OAC 340:25-1-3.1 to obtain child support case information and documents from and provide information and documents to CSS on his or her behalf; The information and documents an authorized representative may obtain is limited to that which the person represented may obtain under OAC 340:25-5-67.
Automated Administrative Enforcement of Interstate Cases (AEI)
Provision in the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA) giving states the ability to locate, place a lien on and seize financial assets of delinquent obligors across state lines