Oklahoma Child Support Services
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) is the state administering agency for Oklahoma's Child Support Services Program. Nine district attorneys contract with DHS to provide these services. The District Attorneys Council (DAC) assists in the administration of these cooperative agreements, and the DAC's Resource Prosecutor serves as a liaison between the district attorney child support offices and the Child Support Services (CSS) Division of DHS.
Services Which Child Support Offices Can Provide
The mission at Child Support Services (CSS) is to promote healthy families by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing reliable support while encouraging self-sufficiency and strengthening relationships.
When a child does not receive financial support from one or both parents, a CSS Office can:
- Locate the parents' addresses and employers
- Establish legal paternity
- Establish child support and medical support orders
- Enforce support for married, separated, or divorced parents
- Modify child support orders
- Collect and distribute child support payments
- Work with other states and other countries to obtain child support
In addition to child support assistance, CSS offices can provide support in the following areas:
Services Which Child Support Offices Cannot Provide
CSS offices cannot establish or enforce visitation or custody rights. They cannot enforce alimony obligations unless current child support is being enforced for a minor. In addition, CSS offices do not provide services for cases where the child support payments are paid through the Oklahoma Centralized Support Registry and where there is not an open case with the Child Support Services Division.
CSS attorneys take legal action to establish or enforce child support obligations under Title IV, Part D, of the federal Social Security Act. It is important to note that the attorneys represent the state, and not the interests of any other party. Provided services cannot create an attorney / client relationship between the attorney and the child's parent or guardian.
Additional Information or Assistance
To obtain assistance via telephone, please call the Customer Assistance Response Effort (CARE) Call Center. The CARE Call Center was instituted to receive and respond more effectively to telephone inquiries. The majority of county offices are covered by the CARE Call Center. Phone and office hours are 8am - 5pm, Monday - Friday.
For the Oklahoma City metro area only: (405) 522-CARE (522-2273)
For the Tulsa metro area only, call: 295-3500
All other areas should call toll free: 1-800-522-2922
FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION REGARDING OKLAHOMA'S CHILD SUPPORT SERVICES PROGRAM, PLEASE VISIT THE OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES CHILD SUPPORT SERVICES WEBSITE.