Divorce courts will sometimes order non-custodial parents to pay retroactive
child support payments. A retroactive child support payment refers to payments for child
support costs incurred before the child support agreement was reached.
In most cases, this means paying child support for the weeks or months
during which the custodial parent supported the child or children before
an agreement was reached. In the case of couples who are not married at
the time of a child's birth, retroactive child support payments can
go back as far as the day the child was born. In fact, non-custodial parents
might even be required to make payments toward the mother's prenatal
or postnatal expenses not covered by health insurance.
A court will not always order retroactive child support, so it is important
to act expediently when seeking child support. The longer custodial parent
waits to ask for child support, the less likely it is that retroactive
support will be granted.
To learn more about retroactive child support and whether you might be
entitled to retroactive payments from your ex,
contact Claery & Hammond, LLP today to get representation from a Los Angeles family law attorney.