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 revelation has grown into regular meetings, a fatherhood course and wellness and mental health check-ins, along with employment, child support and family court support. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 25 May 2022 An estimated 1 million Californians will not receive their full tax refunds this year because the state will intercept the money to pay off debts such as outstanding parking tickets, tolls, court fees, tuition and child support. Justin Raystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2022 In July, The Voice coach was ordered to pay her ex-husband and former manager $200,000 a month in spousal and child support, though a source previously told PEOPLE that Blackstock had requested $436,000 a month. Sarah Michaud,, 18 Feb. 2022 If the trust has a history of making gifts or distributions to say children, the court might view the separate property as a more available resource for child support or other uses. Martin Shenkman, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 Refund amounts will get applied to any money still owed to the IRS or a state tax agency and may be used to offset unpaid child support or past-due federal debts such as student loans. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 10 Apr. 2022 Though kids can be financially provided for in a prenup, couples cannot change child support or custody. Ramishah Maruf, CNN, 29 Mar. 2022 Also refunds will be applied to any amounts still owed to the IRS or a state tax agency and, according to the IRS, may be used to offset unpaid child support or past due federal debts. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 28 Mar. 2022 The bill in Florida still would allow for names and details about lottery winners to be disclosed to state agencies that might be owed a debt, courts to collect child support, government auditors or legislative leaders. Isabella Leandri,, 2 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of child support

1901, in the meaning defined above

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“Child support.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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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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