Woman Wins Child Support Case 50 Years After Divorce

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Toni Anderson got divorced from her husband in the 1970s. While he took off to Canada to avoid paying child support, she began raising her then 3-year-old daughter on her own. She did not think about child support payments then, instead of focusing on ensuring her daughter had a good childhood.

“I kind of put it on the back burner and just kind of forgot about it over the years,” Anderson says.
Then she realized that there is no statute of limitations on child support. Her daughter is not 52-years-old and Toni Anderson just won a child support case against her ex-husband.

At the Law Offices of Stephanie L. Mahdavi, we realize that not all cases are this extreme, but we know that child support is vitally important. When you need a Westlake Village family law attorney, contact us today.

A Big Victory

This is a fascinating case because it is just not something you hear every day. Toni Anderson supported her daughter while working as an interior designer. She had never put much thought into the fact that her husband never helped. When he was originally asked to pay child support in the 1970s, the amount was $160 a month. Now, with accrued interest of 10 percent a year, the total payment sits around $170,000.

Along with the settlement ($150,000), Anderson wants to ensure this case sends a message to parents, both those who should be receiving child support and those who should be paying it – this is an important issue.

Child Support Is Important

Divorce and separation are hard to go through, but it is the responsibility of both parents to continue to support their children after a separation, regardless of who has custody. The amount that must be paid is different for each case, but child support payments cannot be enforced until there is a court order in place.

The state of California has a formula that is used to calculate the amount owed for child support payments and this is based on many factors, including the following:

  • How much money the parents earn or can earn
  • The amount of other income each parent receives
  • How many children there are
  • Custody arrangements and time-share arrangements
  • Health expenditures
  • Educational expenditures
  • Childcare expenditures
  • Support a parent makes to children from other relationships
  • And other factors

It is vital that parents make these court-ordered payments. Failing to do can result in criminal charges being filed.

How We Can Help

You are not alone if you are confused by the child support payment process. Whether you are supposed to be receiving payments or making them, there may be times when you need help. At the Law Offices of Stephanie L. Mahdavi, you can count on having an advocate by your side. Our qualified and experienced team will work to secure the favorable outcome you and your child deserve. When you need a Westlake Village family law attorney, you can contact us for a consultation by calling at 805-379-4550.

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