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Filed a child support modification after 16 years, can I request a paternity test now or is it too late?

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I have been on child support for 16 years, 2 kids. One graduated last year from high school and recently filed for a modification to remove that child and lower the support. Is it too late to request a paternity test for both kids? If it comes back that the 19 year old is not mine can I file something to apply the support paid for that child to the other?

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Not a chance that support will get recovered or credited if you find out now after all these years you are not the father.

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My first question is why did you wait so long if you had doubts? And I'm curious why the support wasn't automatically modified after the first child graduated high school. Wasn't that I'm your agreement? How are you paying your child support? Through income deduction? Central depository? Directly to ex? Younger want to comsult with attorney.

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I guess the best answer is that I was stupid and did not want to hurt the kids. I pay the support on the FL Revenue website. I'm not sure why the support was not modify once my daughter graduated. My wife told me to look into it and when I went to the Child support office they told me that I have to file forms to have her removed. Today I was told that I need to server my ex with the modification but she refuses to give me her address. The court also said she does not have to give me her address but yet I have to serve. I'm so sick of the run-around with these people.

Richard Scott Chizever

Richard Scott Chizever


If she is evading service there are ways to deal with that. If you are looking to hire an attorney, why don't you call me and we can discuss.

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