child support

noun
Updated on: 16 Apr 2018

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

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First Known Use of child support

1901


CHILD SUPPORT Defined for English Language Learners

child support

Definition of child support for English Language Learners

  • : money that a former husband or wife must pay regularly to help raise a child


Law Dictionary

child support

noun

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
Note: 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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