Q: Can I get retroactive child support from a father who refused to have anything to do with his kid?
I have a 3 year old son whose father wasn't determined until he was 1 years old. When the father learned of him he wanted nothing to do with us. My son is now 3 and half years old and his bio father has suddenly shown an interest in having a relationship with my son. Can I request back child support from the time he was born? Or just from the point of him knowing of him?
A: Your child support will generally only go back to the date that the support proceeding is initiated but can continue until your child is age 21 if the child stays in school after turning 18, is a full time student, and earns at least a C average. It doesn't matter if the father wants to exercises his right to be in the child's life or not. You have the right to request child support merely because he is the biological parent. The district Attorney in the county you live in will provide you with free services to establish child support. Call them.
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