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Can an adult child sue for back child support?

Fort Smith, AR |
Filed under: Child support arrears

My father was court ordered in Arkansas to pay child support and never has.. Im 22 now can i sue him for back child support?

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Anyone 18 years or older for whom child support was owed may petition the court for a judgment against the non-supporting parent. However, you need to be aware that there is a limitations period, and the petition needs to be filed within 5 years of your 18th birthday -- so given that you are already 22 you may want to move quickly.

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