child support


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

Examples of child support in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The plaintiff in the case, Mark Janus, was a child support specialist in Illinois who didn’t want to pay a fair-share fee to the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, which Janus didn’t join. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, "Repair the Crumbling Infrastructure of the American Labor Movement," 2 Apr. 2021 Katya Brock accused her husband in divorce records of adultery and not paying child support on time. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Judge frees Larry Brock, facing charges in Capitol riot, despite warnings from FBI," 14 Jan. 2021 Brammer said the bill would function similarly to existing child support laws. Sara Tabin, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah governor signs bill requiring biological fathers to share the cost of pregnancy," 17 Mar. 2021 The mother did request in October 2020 that a judge make Halfacre pay child support as part of her request for a restraining order, but the judge did not grant that request at the time. Johnny Magdaleno, The Indianapolis Star, "Here's how families can resolve disputes over who gets stimulus checks," 17 Mar. 2021 Late last year, Congress changed how debts on things like unpaid federal and state taxes, Social Security and Veterans Affairs debts, student loan debt, and child support obligations would be handled. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Stimulus checks will be shielded from some debt, but still not collectors," 16 Mar. 2021 Circuit courts will also expand the types of cases heard to include civil nonjury trials, child support contempt cases and three-judge panel sentence reviews. Phil Davis,, "Maryland court offices to open to public March 15, resume jury trials on April 26," 9 Mar. 2021 In 2007, when Brown was jailed in Massachusetts for failing to make child support payments, Mr. Deibler negotiated on the air with Brown’s attorney and arranged for his station to put up the $19,150 to get the singer sprung. Washington Post, "‘Kane Show’ DJ Peter Deibler, Hot 99.5’s morning man, dies at 43," 9 Mar. 2021 As part of the dissolution, Mandel will also be required to make child support payments of $2,637.72 per month for his three children, as well as provide them health insurance. cleveland, "Josh Mandel releases details of sealed divorce," 26 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of child support

1901, in the meaning defined above

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15 Apr 2021

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“Child support.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of child support

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

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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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