If you have established paternity, then a good lawyer could always make things a bit easier on you.
If there is a court order for child support in place, you can go for back child support as well.
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You really do not provide enough facts here. Are you married? Divorced? Has paternity been established? If there is a court order forvsupportbyou need to get it enforced. If no order for child support you need one. Do yourself a big favor and hire a lawyer.
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You really don't NEED a lawyer but your life would be much easier if you were represented. First of all, though, it must be established that the man from whom you seek child support is legally the father. Were you married to him at the time your child was born? If not, did he sign the Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity or was he found to be the father in a court of law? If he is legally the father, you can ask for help collecting support from the state, but the better approach is to retain private counsel who can work quicker and probably get more done for you than just support.