You spare entitled to child support from the day of filing the petition for child support. If there was a prior order of support, then you are entitled to that amount. If you want to file sn upward modification, then you are entitled to the new amount from the date of filing the modification petition going forward. Take your entire file to a family law attorney to review.
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I'm assuming that your prior case was dismissed because you never went back to court. Assuming that's the case, you will be entitled to child support retroactive to when you now file for support. It will not be retroactive to 5 years ago.
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If you obtained no support order 5 years ago, you are out of luck. You get arrears only if you filed a petition and are awarded support, the arrears dating back to when you filed the successful petition.
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