California Woman Awarded $150,000 in Child Support for Her 52-Year-Old Daughter

“I don’t think enough women get this. And I think they’re afraid.”

A court awarded a San Diego woman $150,000 in a child-support settlement for her now 52-year-old daughter, local ABC affiliate 10News reported last week.

Toni Anderson told 10News she’s unapologetic about making her “deadbeat ex,” who she says left her and her young daughter nearly 50 years ago by fleeing to Canada, pay up for the more than $170,000 in back child support that he owes.

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Anderson also has a message for other single moms in California: it might not be too late to collect. “I don’t think enough women get this. And I think they’re afraid,” she said.

The former interior designer revealed that despite her successful career – her daughter now runs the Los Angeles firm where Anderson worked – a tighter budget led to her eventual realization that “there’s no statute of limitations on child support” in California.

“I’m not negating the fact I was able to send my daughter to college, Paris. We traveled and had a good time,” she said. “But the money runs out.”

After tracking down her old ex to his new residence in Oregon, she sought him out for the money he owed her, which ballooned from $30,000 to more than $170,000 with accrued interest of 10 percent per year.

“He was only supposed to give me like a 160 dollars a month” she said. “Well, that was 50 years ago. That today is a lot more money.”

“I think he’s a little bit panicked,” she said of her husband. “And I’m very happy because I was panicked all these years. Now, it’s his turn.”

Anderson’s attorney told 10News that her client received a $150,000 settlement during a private hearing at a Northern San Diego Court.

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