From the mailbag… can you still get child support if you’re in your 20’s ?

From the mailbag… can you still get child support if you’re in your 20’s ?

Question from a custodial parent:


My name is Geri, I’m a young professional and since a really young age my mother provided for me and my older siblings. My father never provided any support for his children, and my mother as an immigrant never demanded child support. I am now 26 years old the youngest of five children, and my mother is interested in retroactive child support if it is at all possible. We have lived in the state of New Jersey most of our lives, so I would expect NJ laws to apply to this case. I would greatly appreciate your time and consideration.

Thank you and I look forward to your response.

Our Answer:

Hello Geri,

Thank you for the email and question. Based on the information you have provided, it appears your Mom may have never tried to establish child support. If that is the case, it may be too late to do so now. As a general rule, child support orders need to have been established prior to the 18th birthday of the youngest child. If there was no order established, you may want to chat with a family law attorney to see what can be done. We can only try to assist in cases where is a court order in place even if the children are over 18 yrs old.

If you Mom does have an order, please give me a call to discuss the case. There are many things that would need to be discussed to know if collection would be possible.

Thank you!

Support Collectors Team