My Ex’s income doubled since our last Support order which was many years ago. I now know the major increase happened about 3 years ago and the increase is still present today, but he never reported the increase to me or the courts.. my first question is, Was he required to have voluntarily or by law to report it? If so, can I get retroactive payment back to the increase date since he never reported it? My income has remained the same.. I live in California.
The court will not order retroactive child support as you are asking above.
However, I recommend you file a request for order to modify support. If his income has truly doubled as you state, and all other factors (time share of the children, your income, etc.) remain the same, the child support amount will likely be increased. The court can then order the new amount effective back to the date your request was filed.
So, the sooner you file your request, the better.
send him a form to ask for his tax returns and for his last three pay stubs. This form does not need to have a hearing pending before the court. After you file a motion, you can do further discovery, and ask you a lot more, such as investment accounts.
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