Can you file for child support if your child is 21 and you were not able to find the father until now?

Asked on January 16, 2013 under Family Law, Florida

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Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

Based upon what you have written about you can file a petition for past due child support even if the child is now an adult. The issue is that assuming there was not a child support order in effect you may be time barred from going back the full 18 years of the child's life for retroactive payment of child support.

I suggest that you consult with a family law attorney for further guidance as to what you have written about and the estimated costs for such a petition.


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