child support

noun

: 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 Their divorce was eventually finalized in 2008 as Alejandra was granted physical custody of their children and Jermaine was ordered to pay $3,000 a month in child support, TMZ reported at the time. Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 15 Feb. 2024 Two-thirds of people housed in Michigan jails — about 18,000 on any day, when there's not a pandemic in play — are awaiting trial, have violated parole or probation, or are delinquent on child support payments. Shania Russell, EW.com, 22 Oct. 2023 Yellowstone's Final Episodes Get Premiere Date as New Spinoffs Are Ordered Costner shared more on his decision to leave the series during a child support hearing in September. Kelly Wynne, Peoplemag, 5 Feb. 2024 The organization acts as a catchall for social services, providing free therapy, rent and utility assistance, job placement, child support services and felony expungement. Zachary Linhares, Kansas City Star, 4 Feb. 2024 The couple also reportedly reached agreement on plans to evenly split time with their three-and-a-half-year-old son, Hayes Andrew, with Morris set to pay Hurd $2,100 a month in child support. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 1 Feb. 2024 This applies to both savings as well as debts, such as student loan debt or child support payments. Becca Stanek, theweek, 29 Jan. 2024 The 13-week program guides dads through child support, getting and maintaining a job, seeing their children more often, and helping repair their relationships with the mothers of their children. Daniel Foster, National Review, 30 Nov. 2023 According to court documents obtained by PEOPLE, Long is set to receive $32,000 a month in child support from Udoka. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 23 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of child support was in 1901

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“Child support.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/child%20support. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

child support

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

Legal Definition

child support

noun
: 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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