Is There A Statute Of Limitations For Claiming Child Support?

child supportQuestion:

I recently received a registered letter from a 32-year-old woman who claims I am her biological father. She has asked to meet me because she would like closure, which I understand.

My only concern is that she might try to sue me for past child support. Do I have any liability issues?


I am not licensed to practice law in your state.  Therefore, I cannot inform you as to the specific laws of your state and can only provide you with general information concerning past due child support.

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Utah divorce attorney Dena L. Morgan

Based on my knowledge of child support generally, I do not believe you would be exposing yourself to any liability if you chose to meet the woman that claims to be your daughter.

A party will typically have a set number of years – 10 years in many states – to collect child support when there is a valid court order awarding child support.

However, if there was never a court order either issued by a judge or agreed to by the parties and signed by a Judge, then there is no child support owed.

Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than general child support tips, so please consult a domestic litigation attorney in your area to obtain specific advice as to the laws in Texas and how they impact your circumstances.

To arrange an initial consultation to discuss divorce rights for men with a Cordell & Cordell attorney, including Utah divorce lawyer Dena L. Morgan, contact Cordell & Cordell.

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