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Hello, my name is ***** ***** I will be helping you today. What you are seeking is known as retroactive child support. Because the child was born out of wedlock, you can request additional payment for those two years if you believe that your child has unmet financial needs from those two years. You will need to request a court order requiring retroactive child support unless your ex agrees to provide you with extra money (probably unlikely).
Illinois’s Parentage Act lays out how child support will be handled. It states, “The court shall order all child support payments…to commence with the date summons is served.” The statute goes on to say, “The court may order any child support payments to be made for a period prior to the commencement of the action."
In other words, retroactive child support going back to the date of the summons is mandatory in these situations – and it could go back even further. Whether it should go back further than the date of the summons is up to the court. The statute lays out the factors that a court must consider when deciding whether this would be appropriate. These factors are: