child support

noun

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 vast majority of people in child support or custody cases appear without counsel. Kathryn Joyce, The New Republic, "No Money, No Lawyer, No Justice," 22 June 2020 In 1998, a judge in Morgan County ordered Echols to pay more than $9,000 worth of back child support and interest in monthly payments of $500. Connor Sheets | Csheets@al.com, al, "Alabama sheriffs release sick, dying inmates from jail to avoid paying their hospital bills," 30 Sep. 2019 In 1998, a judge in Morgan County ordered Echols to pay more than $9,000 worth of back child support and interest in monthly payments of $500. Connor Sheets, ProPublica, "These Sheriffs Release Sick Inmates to Avoid Paying Their Hospital Bills," 30 Sep. 2019 According to the lawsuit, Daniels has asthma and was arrested for failure to pay child support. Cassandra Jaramillo, Dallas News, "New lawsuit seeks release of medically vulnerable Dallas County Jail inmates amid COVID-19 threat," 21 May 2020 Parents delinquent in paying child support Having debt does not in itself disqualify Americans from receiving stimulus checks. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, "In about-face, Social Security beneficiaries don’t need to file taxes to get stimulus checks," 1 Apr. 2020 There were arrests for failure to pay child support as recently as Dec. 10, a call for a strange man searching a ditch on Oct. 15 and numerous welfare checks, according to Kaiser and police reports obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. Darcie Moran, USA TODAY, "He's a father of 4 and worked as a chemist. Now he's accused of cannibalizing Grindr date," 14 Jan. 2020 Hopkins had previously been convicted in three states of criminal impersonation of a peace officer, gun possession and federal charges of failure to pay child support, which barred him from owning guns, prosecutors said. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "'Commander' of New Mexico group that detained migrants near border is sentenced," 16 Apr. 2020 The same goes for anyone who owes back child support, or is listed as a dependent. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Money Moves! The Budgetnista's Tips On How To Spend Your Stimulus Check Wisely," 1 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of child support

1901, in the meaning defined above

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“Child support.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/child%20support. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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child support

noun

English Language Learners Definition of child support

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

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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