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    mellow1956 Posts: 1, Reputation: 1
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    Oct 12, 2006, 09:39 PM
    Child Support after child is 18 yrs. Of age
    If there is a court order in a divorce decree that the spouse is to pay child support until the child is 18 yrs. Old or until out of school, but the child support was never received, nor was it taken before Family and Children's services to enforce it to be done, is it possible years later (child is 22 yrs. Old) to take the case back to court and receive the child support? It seems to me that it would be contempt of court since there was a court order and this should be possible. Can anyone help me?
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    TeamSandG Posts: 18, Reputation: 3
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    Oct 14, 2006, 03:21 PM
    There is a child support collection agency that you can call and as long as you were not receiving help from the state or county (which I am assuming to be true because the state or county would never let that happen) They will help you get all of the money from all of the years that you never got it! I think the agency is Child support Network. They get paid a percentage of the support they collect I do believe so you don't even need any money down! Hope it helps! for more info.
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    s_cianci Posts: 5,472, Reputation: 760
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    Oct 14, 2006, 08:28 PM
    You may be able to collect arrearages past due. Consult with a family law attorney to find out what your options are.
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    ScottGem Posts: 64,966, Reputation: 6056
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    Oct 15, 2006, 05:17 AM
    If no attempt was made to follow-up on court ordered support, then its unlikely you can do it now. However, if public assistance was used because of lack of support, the govt is likely to try and recover.
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    Gotwheels Posts: 25, Reputation: 2
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    Jan 3, 2007, 02:21 PM
    Hi mellow1956
    Anything is possible but the likelihood of it happening. Between slim and none. The first thing the court is going to ask is why didn't you do something before. Any lawyer will say we can do this. Yep with a ton of money and effort and when it's all done. The lawyer is the only one who made out. As far as contempt of court , there again yes and no yes it is contempt but you probably are over the statue of limitation for filing.
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    nya Posts: 55, Reputation: 8
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    Jun 24, 2007, 01:23 PM
    If you have a divorce order signed by a judge and the father hasn't paid that court ordered child support, you can always, always collect the arrears that are owed to you. Even if the child is 30 yrs old! Its called child support arrears and there is no time limit (at least in FL) for the collection of child support arrears. The local child support office here in Florida will provide this service to you free of charge.

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