Simple Definition of child support
: money that a former husband or wife must pay regularly to help raise a child
Full Definition of child support
: payment for the support of the children of divorced or separated parents while the children are minors or as otherwise legally required — compare alimony
First Known Use of child support
Legal Definition of child support
: payment made for the support of the children of divorced or separated parents while the children are minors or until they reach an age set by the separation agreement or in a court order — compare alimony
Additional Notes on child support
Child support is usually paid by the parent who is without custody. In the case of joint custody, both parents usually pay child support.
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