What is my liability for past/future child support?

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What is my liability for past/future child support?

I have periodically paid child support for my daughter over the last 19 years. Her mother and I have never been through the court system, therefore no court order was ever issued. The mother is now seeking back child support due to her being declared physically disabled over the last year. My daughter is now 19 years old and a full-time college student (self sufficient). The mother is currently married to someone else and we were never been married to each other. I received contact with the mother who told me she was taking me to federal court because she is disabled and I will be paying until my daughter is 26 years old. Is there any truth to this or law, state or federal, that supports this?

Asked on December 8, 2012 under Family Law, Florida

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country absent a court order to the contrary a parent is not responsible for child support of a child after the child is 18 years of age. In your matter, the time period to go back for unpaid child support that is not court ordered is four years back in time in your matter.


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