Can you request back child support? 10 Answers as of June 10, 2013

Can a person be served papers about their child without signing them? And can they ask for child support now but want it from back when the child was born?

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Reeves Law Firm, P.C.
Reeves Law Firm, P.C. | Roy L. Reeves
You can be served with papers, you do not have to sign them either. If you are served you have a duty to appear and complain about the papers or the court can issue them without you there. As for back child support, a party seeking relief can ask for anything (just about) and if you are not there, they can and will get it since you did not care enough to show up and say no.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 5/18/2011
Michael Anthony Wing, P.C.
Michael Anthony Wing, P.C. | Michael Anthony Wing
I believe the statute allows the custodial parent to reach back two years from the date of filing, and no, you don't have to sign if the service was "personal service" because the server files a return indicating you were served. Stay well.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 5/13/2011
Law Office of Curry & Westgate
Law Office of Curry & Westgate | Patrick Curry
First, no one has to sign to be served, however it is cheaper. Second, no you can not obtain child support from the date of the birth, only from the date the motion is filed with the court.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/12/2011
Cody and Gonillo, LLP
Cody and Gonillo, LLP | Christine Gonilla
Yes.
Answer Applies to: Connecticut
Replied: 6/10/2013
John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law
John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law | John Kirchner
In a paternity case child support can be awarded retroactively to birth. Service of papers in connection with a legal proceeding does not require the person served to sign anything.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Replied: 5/12/2011
    Raheen Law Group, P.C.
    Raheen Law Group, P.C. | Wali Raheen
    In Virginia, child support is calculated retroactively from the date you first filed for child support. So if there was a filing for child support sometime in the past, then child support would be calculated from that date.
    Answer Applies to: Virginia
    Replied: 5/12/2011
    Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser
    Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser | Donald F. Conviser
    No signature of the recipient is required when a party is properly personally served. Child Support cannot be made retroactive to a date prior to the date when the case seeking Child Support was filed.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/11/2011
    Beresford Booth PLLC
    Beresford Booth PLLC | S. Scott Burkhalter
    In Washington State, the short answer is yes, although there may be statute of limitation considerations.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 5/11/2011
    Glenn E. Tanner
    Glenn E. Tanner | Glenn E. Tanner
    In parentage actions support can be awarded from birth, and I think one could argue from during pregnancy.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 5/11/2011
    Howard W. Collins, Attorney at Law
    Howard W. Collins, Attorney at Law | Howard W. Collins
    In a paternity action the answer is yes. In most other cases no but that answer if difficult without further questions.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 5/11/2011
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