Back child support


#1

I make substantially more than my exspouse, and have primary custody of our children. I have decided to now sue the other parent for child support. It has been over 7 months since our last custody hearing, and I did not pursue any child support at that time. Can I also request them to pay back support even though until this point I have never requested any monetary support from them, or will they only be responsible from the entry of the order on the outcome of this filing forward?


#2

You can request retroactive support and the court may award guideline support or the court may base such an award on your actual expenditures for the child’s care.


#3

thank you for responding. so what you are saying is that even though i never asked prior and even though they had no reason to believe i needed support because i didnt’ ask and because of their knowledge of the amount of money i make, I can still sue them for paymen of back support?


#4

Yes, even though you never sought support, and earn more than your ex, your ex has a duty to contribute to your child’s needs.