Your obligation to support other children will be considered by the judge and is taken into account in the child support worksheets. You can be ordered to pay back child support based on the amount determined by the child support guidelines worksheet; however, for periods of time predating the complaint for child support, you can only be required to pay your portion of support actually expended for the child by the custodial parent. If neither party makes a claim for property division, the absolute divorce will cut off both your right to pursue that claim in court.
Lara Stanford Davis
The Rosen Law Firm
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 200
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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