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Can I still go after him for child support after all these years?

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My son just turned 18, I got divorced 16 years ago. After the divorce my ex went missing and has never given me any child support. Since my son turned 18 years old, he has come out of hiding. Can I still go after him for child support after all these years?

Missing until he became of legal age how convenient.....

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Andrew Heft
5 years ago

You will be able to go after your ex for child support but only for a certain period of time. The general rule is one year unless you can prove that you were not able to claim child support earlier. In a case were the other party is hiding and if reasonable efforts were made to find the person, then you should be able to obtain child support retroactively to at least 3 years. If you are able to prove that your ex-spouse was purposefully hiding from his child support obligations it could be possible to go beyond the 3 years but to a maximum of 10 years from the request date.

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