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The links listed below will take you to documents that provide important information on the child support program, legal authorities and an explanation of Oklahoma's IV-D legal processes.

Overview

Forms and Publications

Federal Law

Federal Policy

State Law

State Policy

State Plan

National Resources

Overview

  • Overview of Child Support Services (.pdf, 3 pp, 21 KB) A fact sheet about Child Support Services, including information about CSS funding, caseload, offices, services and enforcement remedies. 
  • History of Child Support Enforcement (.pdf, 14 pp, 38 KB) An outline of major events in the history of Child Support Services, including federal and state legislation, organizational growth and other milestones.
  • Glossary of Child Support Terms (Acronyms) Child Support Services' Glossary of Child Support Terms (Acronyms) is used to standardize abbreviations when writing case log notes or court minutes.
  • Glossary of Child Support Terms (Definitions) Child Support Services' Glossary of Child Support Terms (Definitions) describes, explains, or makes clear, words or word groups used by people who work in, or need the services of, child support. It is a companion to all other child support materials. If a word whose meaning isn't clear is used in child support materials, look it up in the glossary.

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Forms and Publications

  • Most DHS numbered forms related to child support are found here.
  • Publications related to child support law and procedures can be found here.
  • Rules and regulations regarding DHS forms and appendices can be found here.
  • Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) forms for the payment of child support can be found here.
  • Legal Forms on the Oklahoma State Courts Network The Oklahoma Court System is made up of the Supreme Court, the Court of Criminal Appeals, the Court of Civil Appeals and 77 district courts. Administrative services for the Oklahoma Court System are provided by the Administrative Office of the Courts. The Administrative Office of the Courts makes available to the public forms mandated by state statutes. Summons - Garnishment for Collection of Child Support (AOC Form 22a) and Affidavit of Arrears for Child Support (AOC Form 71) may be found here.

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Federal Law

  • Index to Title IV-D of the Social Security Act  Child Support Services own index to Title IV, Part D, of the Social Security Act.
  • Title IV of the Social Security Act (Link opens in new window) The Social Security Act, enacted in 1935 as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, was designed to provide for a federal program of old-age retirement benefits, a federal-state joint venture of unemployment compensation and federally subsidized state programs in vocational rehabilitation, public health services, child welfare services and assistance to the elderly and the handicapped. In 1975, Congress amended the act to collect child support payments on behalf of children in single-parent families. Part D of Title IV (beginning with Section 451) pertains to child support and establishment of paternity.
  • United States Code The United States Code is a consolidation and codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States.

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Federal Policy

  • Table of Contents to the Code of Federal Regulations on Child Support Title 45 - Public Welfare Chapter III The table of contents identifies the child support content and site locations for Chapter III, Parts 300-399 of Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
  • Code of Federal Regulations The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is a codification of the general and permanent rules published in the federal register by the executive departments and agencies of the federal government. Chapter III, Parts 300-399 of Title 45 pertains to the Child Support program.
  • Federal Register The official daily publication for federal regulations, comments and responses to proposed regulations, and notices of federal agencies and organizations, and executive orders and other presidential documents.
  • Office of Child Support Enforcement Policy The federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE), established under Section 452 of Title IV-D of the Social Security Act within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is charged with establishing standards for state programs for locating noncustodial parents, establishing paternity and obtaining child support. OCSE issues several types of policy transmittals: 
    • Action transmittals are documents sent out as needed which instruct state child support programs on the actions they must take to comply with new and amended federal laws. Action transmittals have basis in federal law and regulation.
    • Dear Colleague Letters' are letters sent to state IV-D directors providing information about practices, changes in procedures or other child support enforcement topics.
    • Information memorandums are documents that provide state child support enforcement agencies with information on program practices that can be useful to program improvement.
    • International Dear Colleague Letters' are letters sent to state IV-D directors providing information about practices, changes in procedures or other child support enforcement topics related to international child support enforcement.
    • Policy Interpretation Questions are official replies by the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement to inquiries submitted by state child support agencies concerning application of policy. Although questions often arise from a specific practice or situation, responses are official statements of OCSE policy on the issue. 
    • Tribal policy interpretation questions are official replies by the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement to inquiries submitted by state child support agencies concerning application of policy in tribal cases. Although questions often arise from a specific practice or situation, responses are official statements of OCSE policy on the issue.
    • OCSE publishes Essentials for Attorneys In Child Support Enforcement, which is designed to assist attorneys working for child support agencies.  The latest edition is 2002.

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State Law

  • Oklahoma State Courts Network The Oklahoma State Courts Network (OSCN) links to Oklahoma legal materials including the Oklahoma Constitution, statutes, administrative code, register, Oklahoma cases, session laws, court rules, attorney general's opinions, uniform jury instructions, fee and bond schedules, interest on judgments and legal forms. OSCN also links to the United States Constitution, United States Supreme Court Cases, 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Cases and list cases by judge.
  • Oklahoma Child Support Laws Index  (.pdf, 24 pp, 270 KB)

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State Policy

  • Child Support Rules (OAC 340:25) and Instructions to Staff (ITS) Oklahoma Child Support Services administrative rules are in Chapter 25 of Title 340 of the Oklahoma Administrative Code. DHS includes formal ITS as endnotes to rules.
  • Index to Policy The index to Child Support Policy, including administrative rules in Chapter 25 of Title 340 of the Oklahoma Administrative Code and Instructions to Staff in Chapter 25. It is organized alphabetically by subject making it an indispensable tool for all child support staff.
  • Office of Administrative Hearings: Child Support Rules (OAC 340:2-28) and Instructions to Staff (ITS) Administrative rules for the Office of Administrative Hearings: Child Support are in Subchapter 28, of Chapter 2, of Title 340 of the Oklahoma Administrative Code. DHS includes formal ITS as endnotes to rules.
  • DHS Policy The Department of Human Services (DHS) policy index page. Where DHS administrative rules, Instructions to Staff and DHS regulations for all divisions can be found. These policies are organized by chapters according to the organizational structure.
    • Administrative rules are statements of policy and procedures affecting the public that have the force of law. DHS rules are in Title 340 of the Oklahoma Administrative Code and begin with "340:".
    • DHS regulations and Instructions to Staff are statements of internal agency guidance and procedure. DHS regulations are formatted like administrative rules but the numbers begin with "DHS:".  Instructions to Staff are expressed as endnotes to administrative rules and DHS regulations.

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State Plan

  • Oklahoma State Plan A state plan for child and spousal support must provide services relating to the establishment of paternity or the establishment, modification or enforcement of child support obligations. State plan approval is required for federal financial participation.

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Child Support Resources Nationwide

CSS 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 CSS.

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