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child support

noun

Definition of child support

  1. :  payment for the support of the children of divorced or separated parents while the children are minors or as otherwise legally required — compare alimony



1901

First Known Use of child support

1901


Law Dictionary

child support

noun

Legal Definition of child support

  1. :  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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