Woman Sues Ex for Child Support 50 Years After Divorce, Is Awarded $150k

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 827,261 divorces occur in the United States annually. These divorces affect quite a lot of people since all of them include the two spouses and many have children. While we’d all like to hope that the majority of divorces end fairly and peacefully, this just isn’t the case. Sometimes it takes years for cases to be settled or for justice to be properly reached. In the instance of Toni Anderson, it wasn’t until 50 years after her divorce that she would receive any child support from her divorcee. (1, 2, 3)

Woman Goes Decades Without Child Support After Divorce

Southern California resident and 74-year-old Toni Anderson finally won her fight to get child support. It only took 50 years after her divorce in the early 70s for her ex-husband to pay up. Anderson explains that, after their divorce, her ex-husband decided to leave the country and go to Canada rather than pay child support for their then 3-year-old daughter. Anderson explains that he left her completely alone with their child. According to Anderson, “I kind of put it on the back burner and just kind of forgot about it over the years.” Rather than fighting with her ex-husband, she simply tried to work hard and provide for her daughter. (2, 3)

Anderson dedicatedly supported her daughter alongside building her career as an interior designer in Los Angeles, California. Today, her daughter now runs her design firm. Anderson explained that money has been hard to come by since retirement, so much so that she must rent out part of her home to make ends meet. “I’m not negating the fact I was able to send my daughter to college,” Anderson said. “We traveled and had a good time. But the money runs out.” (2, 3)

Woman Demands Ex Pays Child Support 50 Years Later

Sometimes a lack of proper funding is all the inspiration you need to find ways to provide for yourself and your family. Anderson explains how she came to realize the lack of limitations on child support. While struggling to make ends meet, she contacted her ex-husband and told him he needed to pay up. After doing some careful calculations, Anderson discovered he owed her more than $170,000. (2, 3)

According to Anderson, her ex-husband was only supposed to be paying her “$160 a month.” She explains that “Well, that was 50 years ago. That today is a lot more money.” The hard-working mother says she feels no guilt and will make no apologies for demanding her “deadbeat ex” pay up. Part of her reasoning is a desire to inspire other single parents in California to stick up for themselves and collect what they’re owed. (2, 3)

Anderson Settles

Unfortunately for a lot of Americans, divorce is a real and grueling process. Rarely do they happen with any kind of gentleness or peace. Anderson’s story should provide comfort for anyone struggling with a difficult divorce, especially in cases where children are involved and child support is required – but never paid. Fifty years after their divorce, Anderson and her ex-husband went through a private hearing and eventually reached a settlement of $150,000. “I think he’s a little bit panicked,” Anderson said about her ex-husband. “And I’m very happy because I was panicked all these years. Now, it’s his turn.” (2, 3)


If you or anyone you know are struggling with an ex who refuses or otherwise neglects to pay their fair share of child support, let Anderson’s story serve as a source of inspiration. Sometimes it takes a lot of work, time, and hardship, but it’s still possible to have justice.

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