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Dear Customer: I advise the following actions. First, continue to pay the child support in the amount of 100 until the child reaches 18. When you pay the support, pay by a check that says "child support" in the memo so that you can prove the payments were child support and were not informal gifts. Then, refuse to pay any further child support unless you are served with papers by the attorney general. I advise you to proceed this way, because it will be difficult for her to file for formal support after her child reaches the age of 18. If the attorney general does serve you with paper to get you to pay back support (which they can do), then you should hire a lawyer. The lawyer will negotiate the arrears down by using the points you mention in this question (that she did not contact you for 16 years, and that the child was not in her care for several years as he was incarcerated). Because she did not contact you until the child reached 16, and because she did not file for support with the attorney general, it is unlikely you will be forced to pay arrears dating back longer than to the age of 16. Having good representation will help.
I respectfully XXXXX XXXXX some of the information the above attorney provided. There can only be a collection on child support arrears (back support) if there was a child support order in place to collect on. From you facts, it does not seem that there was ever, or is now an order for you to pay support. I could find nothing in the AL Code that would allow her to collect support. She could try to get an order now, but as the previous expert said, that is not likely. Continue to pay the same amount and that should be it.