Q: My daughter's father and I had a non-legal agreement that he'd pay $500 (cash) monthly as child support.
We were never married. Last time he gave me the $500 as child support was December 2017. He last saw my daughter January 2018. Went to court in March to file for custody/visitation and child support. We've had an ongoing case and court dates since May and our trial is in October this year. It's been months since he last gave me anything and also wants to agree to a temporary visitation schedule. What can I do so that he pays whatever he owes from these last few months?
A: Every case is different, of course, but typically, if you ask for it the court will order child support retroactively to the date that the petition for support was filed. You should contact an attorney immediately to confirm some important details, including that the correct petition was filed and served on him, and that child support is an issue to be tried at your trial date.
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