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Toni Anderson, a 74-year-old woman from Carlsbad, will receive $150,000 in child support payments.
In 1971, a judge ordered Lenhert, Anderson’s ex-husband, to pay child support for their then 3-year-old daughter. The child support consisted of monthly payments of $210 for the first 2 ½ years, and then dropping to monthly payments of $160 until their daughter turned 18.
Lenhert never paid the child support order.
Anderson said “The first check bounced and then he went off to Canada with his girlfriend and had two more kids. He completely disappeared.”
It dawned on Anderson that there is no statute of limitations for child support payments in California. She Googled her ex-husband and found photos of him living a financially-stable life in Oregon, with a big house and even a boat.
The monthly payments add up to about $30,000, but with interest, he owes her $150,000.
Anderson filed a motion to ask for the unpaid child support, and the Judge granted the request.
“I was glad to pay Ms. Anderson the child support that was owed and I wish her only the best in the future,” Lenhart said.
Lenhart even came to the court hearings to ask for her forgiveness.
Anderson hopes this story will inspire women and men to not be afraid to go after the child support payments that they legally deserve.
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