I am assuming you already have a child support order in place, the other parent is not paying according to that order. If that is the case, then the court can order the payment of back owed support until that amount has been cleared, or they can order it in a lump sum.
For an equitable distribution award, it depends on where the funds will be coming from to pay you that award. If they are coming from a retirement account, it will probably take a while to do the necessary paperwork, and perhaps even an additional court order called a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) to get that money transferred to you. If it is coming from the sale of a piece of property, then obviously you’ll have to wait until the property is sold. But, if the person has the funds already available, and the court is aware of that, then you may get your money very soon.
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