Or. Admin. R. 137-055-6120 - Satisfaction of Arrears for Less Than Full Payment

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

The Division of Child Support (DCS) may satisfy all or any portion of child support arrears that are assigned to the State of Oregon or to any other jurisdiction, subject to the following:

(1) DCS may satisfy all or any portion of assigned arrears only if one or more of the following circumstances apply:
(a) The arrears are a substantial hardship to the paying parent or that parent's household; or
(b) A compromise of amounts owing will result in greater collection on the case, considering the maximum amount that DCS could reasonably expect to collect from the obligor if no compromise was made and the probable costs of collecting that maximum amount; or
(c) The obligor has entered into an agreement with DCS to take steps to:
(A) Enhance the obligor's ability to pay child support; or
(B) Enhance the obligor's relationship with the child or children for whom the obligor owes the arrears.
(d) An error or legal defect has occurred that indicates a reduction may be appropriate.
(2) If all or any portion of the assigned arrears are the states temporarily-assigned arrears as defined in OAR 137-055-6010, DCS may satisfy the amount only if the obligee consents and signs the appropriate "satisfaction of support judgment" form.
(3) If all or any portion of the assigned arrears are assigned to another jurisdiction, DCS may satisfy that assigned amount only with the approval of that jurisdiction.
(4) DCS will not sign any satisfaction for less than full payment of arrears until:
(a) The obligor has paid the full amount agreed to as appropriate consideration, and the obligor's payment instrument has cleared the appropriate financial institutions; or
(b) DCS has determined that the obligor has satisfactorily met, or is complying with, any agreement made with DCS pursuant to this rule.
(5) DCS will record a summary of each agreement to satisfy arrears for less than full payment on the appropriate electronic file on the case.
(6) Any satisfaction executed under this rule will be made pursuant to, and in full compliance with, ORS 18.228.
(7) The provisions of this rule notwithstanding, the obligee may satisfy all or any portion of unassigned arrears due the obligee, pursuant to OAR 137-055-5220.
(8) Nothing in this rule precludes the administrator from negotiating a satisfaction of arrears due or potentially due the obligee for less than full payment by the obligor, but such satisfaction will take effect only when the obligee consents and signs a "satisfaction of support judgment" pursuant to OAR 137-055-5220.


Or. Admin. R. 137-055-6120
AFS 77-1982, f. 8-5-82, ef. 9-1-82; AFS 93-1982, f. & ef. 10-18-82; AFS 66-1989, f. 11-28-89, cert. ef. 12-1-89, Renumbered from 461-035-0025; AFS 11-2000, f. 4-28-00, cert. ef. 5-1-00; AFS 32-2000, f. 11-29-00, cert. ef. 12-1-00, Renumbered from 461-195-0150; DOJ 6-2003(Temp), f. 6-25-03, cert. ef. 7-1-03 thru 12-28-03, Renumbered from 461-200-6120; DOJ 10-2003, f. 9-29-03, cert. ef. 10-1-03, Renumbered from 461-200-6120; DOJ 9-2005, f. & cert. ef. 10-3-05; DOJ 1-2007, f. & cert. ef. 1-2-07; DOJ 3-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-31-11 thru 9-26-11; DOJ 4-2011, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-11; DOJ 7-2014, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-14

Stat. Auth.: ORS 180.345

Stats. Implemented: ORS 18.400, 25.020 & 25.080

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