Or. Admin. R. 137-055-5400 - Obligor Receiving Cash Assistance, Presumed Unable to Pay Child Support

Current through Register Vol. 61, No. 4, April 1, 2022

(1) Cases for obligors receiving cash assistance as specified in ORS 25.245 from Oregon will be identified and processed as set forth in ORS 25.245.
(2) Obligors receiving cash assistance as specified in ORS 25.245 from another state or tribe must provide to the administrator written proof of receipt of such cash assistance. The written proof must:
(a) Be resubmitted in a current version:
(A) Every three months thereafter if the benefits received are cash payments under a Title IV-A cash assistance or general assistance program of another state or tribe; or
(B) Every 12 months thereafter if the benefits received are under the federal Supplemental Security Income Program; and
(b) Include the date the cash assistance payment was first made, the amount of the cash assistance for each and every month in which cash assistance was received, and the ending date, if known, of the cash assistance; and
(c) Be official documentation, recognized by the issuing agency, that covers each and every month that cash assistance was received, including but not limited to a benefits award letter, deposit record or receipt.
(3)
(a) When an obligor has provided written proof of receipt of cash assistance pursuant to section (2) of this rule, the administrator will, subject to section (5) of this rule, credit the case for arrears accrued from the date the obligor submitted written proof of receipt of cash assistance back to the date the cash assistance was first made, but not earlier than October 6, 2001;
(b) When an obligor notifies the administrator that they are no longer receiving cash assistance, the administrator will begin accrual and billing pursuant to the support order currently in effect with the next support payment due following the end of the last month that the obligor received public assistance;
(c) If the obligor fails to provide written proof of receipt of cash assistance pursuant to section (2) or (7) of this rule, and the administrator has not received verification from an independent source, the administrator will begin accrual and billing pursuant to the support order currently in effect with the next support payment due for the month following the month for which the obligor last provided written proof;
(d) If the obligor provides written proof of receipt of cash assistance pursuant to section (2) of this rule after failing to provide timely written proof of receipt of cash assistance as provided in subsection (2)(a), thereby causing the administrator to begin billing and accrual pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, support accrual may be suspended and arrears may be credited pursuant to subsection (4)(a) of the rule.
(4)
(a) Upon receipt of information that the obligor is receiving or has received cash assistance as specified in ORS 25.245(1), the administrator will send a notice to all parties to the support order. The notice will contain a statement of the presumption that support accrual ceases and include the following:
(A) A statement of the month in which cash assistance was first made, and the ending date, if known;
(B) A statement that, unless the party objects, child support payments cease accruing beginning with the support payment due on or after the date the obligor began receiving cash assistance, but not earlier than:
(i) January 1, 1994, if the obligor received Oregon Title IV-A cash assistance, Oregon general cash assistance, Oregon Supplemental Income Program cash assistance or Supplemental Security Income Program payments by the Social Security Administration; or
(ii) October 6, 2001, if the obligor received Title IV-A cash assistance or general cash assistance from another state or Tribe;
(C) A statement that the administrator will continue providing enforcement services, including services to collect any arrears;
(D) A statement that if the obligor ceases to receive cash assistance as specified in ORS 25.245(1), accrual and billing will begin with the next support payment due following the end of the last month that the obligor receives cash assistance or for which the obligor provided written proof;
(E) A statement that any party may object to the presumption that the obligor is unable to pay support by sending to the administrator a written objection within 30 days of the date of service;
(F) A statement that the objections must include a written description of the resource or other evidence that might rebut the presumption of inability to pay; and
(G) A statement that the entity responsible for providing enforcement services represents the state and that low cost legal counsel may be available.
(b) Included with each notice under this section will be a separate form for the party to use if they choose to file an objection to the presumption that the obligor is unable to pay support.
(5) No credit will be given for periods for which the court or administrative law judge has previously declined to suspend the obligor's child support obligation in an action under ORS 25.245;
(6) No credit will be given for months when the administrator had suspended accrual or where credit was already received.
(7) Notwithstanding sections (1) and (2), the administrator may request proof of obligor's receipt of cash assistance at any time while the Program is providing services when necessary to confirm continued eligibility for suspension of accruals.

Notes

Or. Admin. R. 137-055-5400
AFS 4-1994, f. & cert. ef. 3-4-94; AFS 20-1998, f. & cert. ef. 10-5-98; AFS 32-2000, f. 11-29-00, cert. ef. 12-1-00, Renumbered from 461-195-0120; AFS 23-2001, f. 10-2-01, cert. ef. 10-6-01; DOJ 6-2003(Temp), f. 6-25-03, cert. ef. 7-1-03 thru 12-28-03, Renumbered from 461-200-5400; DOJ 10-2003, f. 9-29-03, cert. ef. 10-1-03, Renumbered from 461-200-5400; DOJ 5-2005, f. & cert. ef. 7-15-05; DOJ 8-2005(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 9-1-05 thru 2-17-06; DOJ 1-2006, f & cert. ef. 1-3-06; DOJ 13-2011, f. 12-30-11, cert. ef. 1-3-12; DOJ 15-2012, f. 9-27-12, cert. ef. 10-1-12; DOJ 7-2018, amend filed 05/30/2018, effective 6/1/2018; DOJ 3-2022, minor correction filed 01/14/2022, effective 1/14/2022

Statutory/Other Authority: ORS 25.245 & 180.345

Statutes/Other Implemented: ORS 25.245

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