If I haven’t received back pay for child support that I was supposed to have gotten as a child, canI sue as an adult?

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If I haven’t received back pay for child support that I was supposed to have gotten as a child, canI sue as an adult?

I haven’t received my back pay for child support from my father. I am over the age of 18 have lived with my grandparents my whole life. Both of my siblings have received their money but I haven’t.

Asked on August 5, 2011 Washington

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Yes, you can sue as an adult for past child support and each state has what is known as a statute of limitations which is the time frame with in which you are permitted to bring a claim - any type of claim - against another party.  You have said that you are already 18.  In Washington State, you have 10 years after emancipation of youngest child for orders entered after 7/22/89; 10 years after a payment becomes delinquent for orders entered before 7/23/89.  You need to seek help here and you need to obtan a judgement against your father for the support owed to you.  A judgement means you can collect against his pay, assets and even his estate at the time of his death.  Good luck to you.


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