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Do we have to be divorced before I can file for some kind of child support?

child_support_personQ) My sons father and I have been separated ,not legally, six months after my son was born, he’s two and a half now. Do we have to be divorced before I can file for some kind of support? I need help.

A) The custodial parent doesn’t have to file for divorce before beginning a child support case. If you and your spouse aren’t ready to initiate a divorce yet, the custodial parent may file a complaint or petition with the court to establish a child support order. Your state’s child support enforcement agency or local prosecutor may offer assistance with filing this complaint. Child support is not typically retroactive to the date of separation, so the earlier you file, the more money you can receive. http://info.legalzoom.com/can-child-support-im-not-divorced-yet-23933.html




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  1. I have been trying to enforce for over a year. It has been over 9 months since our divorce which was pro se and signed by a judge. GWINNETT received a copy of the divorce And A notorized copy of all money that the NCP had paid up to the time they decided to enforce…..over and when they finally got the case set up they do not request ANY arrears and when the NCP ask what he owes they do not tell him and he wants to pay it but they say I cannot accept payment and if he pays arrears through them than it would appear that he is grossly ahead like 3 months instead of behind 3 months. No one seems to know what is going on and I only reached out to child support Recovery because I thought they would help but they HAVE NOT been very helpful and the child is the one that suffers.

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