Oregon Bulletin

February 1, 2014

Department of Justice, Chapter 137

Rule Caption: Use of lay representatives; periodic review and modification

Adm. Order No.: DOJ 1-2014(Temp)

Filed with Sec. of State: 1-13-2014

Certified to be Effective: 1-13-14 thru 7-12-14

Notice Publication Date:

Rules Amended: 137-055-2170, 137-055-3420

Subject: OAR 137-055-2170 is amended to include every potential type of hearing at which a case manager might appear and defines roles and responsibilities of lay representatives.

   OAR 137-055-3420 is amended to clarify that a child support order is not in substantial compliance with the guidelines if it has been more than 35 months since the order took effect

Rules Coordinator: Carol Riches—(503) 947-4700


Use of Lay Representatives at Administrative Hearings

(1) As used in this rule “lay representative” means a representative of the Child Support Program (CSP) who is not employed as an attorney.

(2) Subject to the approval of the Attorney General, lay representatives of the Child Support Program are authorized to appear on behalf of the CSP in the following types of hearings:

(a) Administrative child support adjudications pursuant to ORS 25.287, 416.415, 416.416, 416.417, 416.425, and 416.427;

(b) Hearings regarding state income tax intercepts pursuant to ORS 25.610 and 293.250;

(c) Hearings regarding the suspension of occupational and driver licenses, certificates, permits and registrations pursuant to ORS 25.765;

(d) Hearings regarding credit for direct payments pursuant to ORS 25.020;

(e) Hearings regarding overpayments pursuant to ORS 25.125.

(f) Hearings regarding the state’s satisfaction of a support award pursuant to OAR 137-055-5220;

(g) Hearings regarding suspension of support pursuant to ORS 25.245;

(h) Hearings regarding the establishment of arrears pursuant to ORS 416.429;

(i) Hearings regarding physical custody determinations for purposes of joining a party pursuant to ORS 416.407 & OAR 137-055-3500;

(j) Hearings regarding credit for lump sum Social Security/Veterans payments pursuant to ORS 25.275 & OAR 137-055-5520.

(k) Hearings regarding the amount of assigned arrears pursuant to OAR 137-055-6040.

(3) The lay representative may not make legal argument on behalf of the CSP.

(a) “Legal argument” includes arguments on:

(A) The jurisdiction of the CSP to hear the contested case;

(B) The constitutionality of a statute or rule or the application of a constitutional requirement to the CSP; and

(C) The application of court precedent to the facts of the particular contested case proceeding.

(b) As used in this rule, “legal argument” does not include presentation of motions, evidence, examination and cross-examination of witnesses or presentation of factual arguments or arguments on:

(A) The application of the statutes or rules to the facts in the contested case;

(B) Comparison of prior actions of the CSP in handling similar situations;

(C) The literal meaning of the statutes or rules directly applicable to the issues in the contested case;

(D) The admissibility of evidence;

(E) The correctness of procedures being followed in the contested case.

(4) Lay representatives must read and be familiar with the Code of Conduct for Non-Attorney Representatives at Administrative Hearings, which is maintained by the Oregon Department of Justice and available on its website at http://www.doj.state.or.us.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 180.345 & 416.455

Stats. Implemented: ORS 25.080 & 183.452

Hist.: JD 6-1987, f. & ef. 10-16-87; JD 4-1995, f. 2-27-95, cert. ef. 3-1-95; Renumbered from 137-055-0300, DOJ 10-2003, f. 9-29-03, cert. ef. 10-1-03; DOJ 1-2014(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 1-13-14 thru 7-12-14


Periodic Review and Modification of Child Support Order Amounts

(1) “Periodic Review” means a proceeding initiated under ORS 25.287(1) to modify an existing order to comply with the child support guidelines.

(2) The administrator will initiate a periodic review if a written request is received from any party or the family is currently receiving TANF, and 35 months have passed since the date:

(a) The most recent support order took effect, or

(b) The most recent order determining that the support order should not be adjusted was signed. For purposes of calculating the 35-month time period, a suspension and temporary modification order entered pursuant to ORS 416.425(13) will not be considered.

(3) For purposes of a periodic review, a child support order is not in substantial compliance with the guidelines if it has been more than 35 months since the order took effect.

(4) The administrator must complete the modification of the existing order within 180 days of receiving a written request for a periodic review, initiating the mandatory review, or locating the non-requesting party(ies), whichever occurs later.

(5) The administrator is responsible for conducting a periodic review in this state or for requesting that another jurisdiction conduct a review pursuant to OAR 137-055-7190. As provided in ORS 110.429 and 110.432, the law of the jurisdiction reviewing the order applies in determining if a basis for modification exists.

(6) On receipt of a written request for a periodic review or when a mandatory periodic review is required, the administrator will notify the parties of the review in writing, allowing the parties 30 days to provide information that may affect the support calculation.

(7) If there is an adult child on the case, the proposed modification will be a tiered order as defined in OAR 137-055-1020.

(8) For all child support cases receiving support enforcement services under ORS 25.080, the Child Support Program (CSP) will annually notify the parties:

(a) Of their right to request a periodic review of the amount of support ordered; and

(b) That the CSP will perform a mandatory periodic review and adjustment if the family is currently receiving TANF.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 180.345 & 416.455

Stats. Implemented: ORS 25.080, 25.287, 25.321–25.343, 107.135 & 416.425

Hist.: AFS 65-1989, f. 10-31-89, cert. ef. 11-1-89; AFS 11-1992(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 4-30-92; AFS 26-1992, f. & cert. ef. 9-30-92; AFS 20-1993, f. 10-11-93, cert. ef. 10-13-93; AFS 21-1994, f. 9-13-94, cert. ef. 12-1-94; AFS 17-1997(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 9-16-97; AFS 17-1997(Temp) Repealed by AFS 23-1997, f. 12-29-97, cert. ef. 1-1-98; AFS 23-1997, f. 12-29-97, cert. ef. 1-1-98; AFS 75-1998, f. 9-11-98, cert. ef. 9-15-98; AFS 13-1999, f. 10-29-99, cert. ef. 11-1-99; AFS 9-2000, f. 3-13-00, cert. ef. 4-1-00; AFS 21-2000, f. & cert. ef. 8-1-00; AFS 32-2000, f. 11-29-00, cert. ef. 12-1-00, Renumbered from 461-195-0072; AFS 23-2001, f. 10-2-01, cert. ef. 10-6-01; AFS 28-2001, f. 12-28-01, cert. ef. 1-1-02; SSP 4-2003, f. 2-25-03, cert. ef. 3-1-03; DOJ 6-2003(Temp), f. 6-25-03, cert. ef. 7-1-03 thru 12-28-03, Renumbered from 461-200-3420; DOJ 10-2003, f. 9-29-03, cert. ef. 10-1-03, Renumbered from 461-200-3420; DOJ 2-2004, f. 1-2-04 cert. ef. 1-5-04; DOJ 10-2004, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-04; DOJ 4-2005, f. & cert. ef. 4-1-05; DOJ 8-2005(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 9-1-05 thru 2-17-06; DOJ 1-2006, f & cert. ef. 1-3-06; DOJ 5-2006, f. 6-29-06, cert. ef. 7-3-06; DOJ 8-2007, f. 9-28-07, cert. ef. 10-1-07; DOJ 11-2008(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-15-08 thru 9-30-08; DOJ 12-2008(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-1-08 thru 3-29-09; DOJ 14-2008(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-7-08 thru 3-29-09; DOJ 1-2009, f. & cert. ef. 1-2-09; DOJ 4-2009(Temp), f. 5-6-09, cert. ef. 5-7-09 thru 11-1-09; DOJ 13-2009, f. & cert. ef. 10-30-09; DOJ 1-2010, f. & cert. ef. 1-4-10; DOJ 3-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 3-31-11 thru 9-26-11; DOJ 4-2011, f. & cert. ef. 7-1-11; DOJ 5-2013, f. & cert. ef. 7-8-13; DOJ 1-2014(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 1-13-14 thru 7-12-14

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