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I'm just going to make a guess, and please tell me if this is wrong: You were ordered to pay child support because your ex was granted custody. When you took your child in 2005, you did not obtain a custody order, and instead you had an informal agreement with your ex that you would have custody. During all that time, the child support order was never amended to account for the fact that you had custody of your child, and so your ex is now claiming that you owe her in back child support.
Assuming those are the facts, then I strongly suggest that you retain a local attorney who can file a petition to retroactively amend the child support order based upon your custody since 2005. Obviously, you will need to produce evidence, though your child's own testimony would likely be quite helpful in this situation. Under the circumstances, I would be surprised if you can't get this resolved in your favor. You may also wish to alert the state of what has occurred, though I suspect that they will not be very helpful and will tell you to get a court order. So, again, I strongly suggest that you retain a local attorney. You would retain a doctor if you had medical trouble, and you should similarly retain a lawyer when you have legal trouble. This isn't a small claims type of situation where you can easily handle the matter yourself. You will be much better off with an expert.
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