My question involves child support in the State of: Florida
I have been paying an agreed upon amount of support and providing health coverage for my child for 17 years, non-court ordered. I have always paid and provided for my child. Have cancelled checks to prove it. I have not seen my child in almost 2 years (Teenage female, her mother will not encourage, but that is a different issue)
Due to lack of work around the first of the year I fell behind 2 months.
Childs mother applies for state assistance (Food stamps and such) now I receive a court summons for support. The child reaches the age of 18 in August.
When does the support begin? At time of order? Or can the state go retro on me and conclude that I was not paying enough and just being a nice guy?
I believe in self-responsibility and have no problem finishing , just don't want to get worked over by the system when I have come so far.
Any input would be appreciated.