What is Florida retroactive child support?

Retroactive child support is unpaid child support that a court may order a parent to pay after the fact because it was money to which the child was rightfully entitled. Florida permits collection of child support for up to two years before the application for child support was filed. This means that if the case was filed in November 2017, the child will be able to collect child support payments for each month between November 2015, exactly two years prior to filing, and the date at which the final order for child support is entered.The amount of retroactive child support is calculated based on the income of the parents. If the other parent cannot prove what their prior income was, then that parent’s current income will be used to calculate the amount of retroactive child support. A Florida Court is also likely to consider an installment plan for paying retroactive child support, instead of one large payment. It is important to realize that retroactive child support is granted in addition to regular child support, it does not reduce future payments. A Miami child support attorney will be able to provide you with an estimate of how much you are likely going to be ordered to pay going forward, and how much you will likely have to pay for past payments, so it may be in your best interest to speak with an attorney prior to your child support hearing.

If you have not received payments from your child’s other parent and would like to know about the process of obtaining retroactive child support, contact our Miami child support attorneys at Vari & Associates. Consultations are available in Miami and at several meeting locations throughout Dade and Broward Counties including Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, West Country Club Drive in Aventura, Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood and in the Homestead area. Appointments are also available by telephone and via Skype internet video chat. Telephone our office at (305) 222-7351 or send us an email to schedule a consultation.

When scheduling a consultation, please inform the secretary if there are any pending hearings, deadlines for filing an appeal, or other reason why you may need an immediate appointment. We will do our very best to accommodate your schedule in setting an appointment.


The statements in this section are based on Florida law and have been issued to inform and not advise. The statements are general in nature and individual facts in a given case may alter their application or involve other laws not referred to here.

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