What is the Centralized Child Support Registry and how can it help me?
The Centralized Child Support Registry is a system maintained by the Child Support Enforcement Division (CSED) of the Department of Humans Services (DHS) that allows it to receive and distribute child, spousal (alimony), and related support payments. This allows CSED to monitor support payments and make sure they are being made and being made on time.
There are different ways you can have your support payments made through the Registry. First, you can request it in court when you apply for support.1 Second, if you have the payments garnished (taken) from the other parent’s income (known as income withholding), these payments will go through the Registry. Also, if you apply for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), they will automatically register your payments or start proceedings against the other parent for child support s/he is not paying.2
If you have a support order and the other parent is behind in support payments, you can file with CSED to start an enforcement investigation to go after the delinquent parent. Once the parent is found, the payments will be made through the registry.
1 43 O.S. § 413(C)
2 43 O.S. § 237(C)