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Good morning. I certainly understand the situation and your concern. While Florida does allow retroactive child support, at this time, it is unlikely that a judge would order any type of support. The reason being is that the child is over the age of 18 and there is no obligation to pay support after that time and once the child graduates from high school. In addition, the mother previously denied that you were the father and refused to submit to a DNA test and had no interest in establishing paternity in the past. This is not a situation where you avoided her. She voided you. Finally, this was the child who submitted and wanted to do it, not the mother, so it is unlikely a Judge would step in and order support, for the past 18 years and make you pay it retroactively. Had the mother tried to find you in the past and seek it and establish paternity, that would be a different story. However, in this case, she did not and had no interest in receiving it.
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