BUSTED: If it is the case that you did not seek child support for no reason other than you simply did not want to take that step, then you may be limited to retroactive support for three years. If, however, you were unable to seek payment of child support owing to your own financial circumstances or because the would-be payor of support was engaged in what lawyers call, “blameworthy conduct”, then you may be able to seek support retroactively for more than three years. Some examples of blameworthy conduct include nondisclosure of significant increases to the payor’s income, or if the payor has engaged in intimidation toward you such that you felt your safety may be in jeopardy if you pursued child support. These are difficult questions to determine based on individual circumstances. Of course, it is our view that you should discuss these matters with your family law lawyer if you think that your children are entitled to receive retroactive child support. It is important to be aware that child support remains the right of the child and it is not for a parent to forego that right on behalf of their children.