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

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Among the revelations: Nine arrests, including one years ago for DUI, as well as questions about Bryce's record with child support payments and personal loans. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Women Continue to Make History in an Election Year That's Already Shattering Records," 15 Aug. 2018 Bearden-Berrada knew enough about her ex-husband's finances to last year negotiate an increase in child support payments for their two teenage children from $2,500 a month to $10,000. Kevin Crowe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'He'll evict you in a minute.' Landlord quietly becomes a force in Milwaukee rental business...and eviction court," 13 July 2018 There have been legal arguments over visitation rights, squabbles over his $1,100 monthly child support and back-and-forth over phone calls to out-of-control Danielle. Jose Lambiet, miamiherald, "Cash her ousside during 32-date Bhad Bhabie concert tour | Miami Herald," 17 Apr. 2018 The case seemed closed until her attorney discovered one of the jurors had a prior conviction for unpaid child support in 1992, a felony which disqualified him under Kentucky law for jury duty. Sarah Brookbank,, "Prosecutor: 'Shayna Hubers Show' statements should be part of retrial," 15 Jan. 2018 Taneyhill was deeply in debt from unpaid court restitution and child support payments when Uppal approached him at the Volunteers of America shelter in February. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "This man cost Sacramento County more in one year than any other homeless person," 8 July 2018 Meanwhile, his wife pursued him in court for child support. Kyle Swenson,, "Indiana man missing for decades before being found in Florida thanks to ancestry website now owes abandoned family nearly $2 million," 31 May 2018 According to the complaint, while he was being booked in police custody, Cruz complained about the $300 a month he was forced to pay his wife, who was also taking him to court for child support. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Waukesha woman allegedly stabbed by estranged husband outside her home as friends looked on in horror," 8 May 2018 His ex-wife Stacy Theoharis is suing him for unpaid child support, her attorney, Terrence O’Connor, said Wednesday. Linda Trischitta,, "Paddleboarder who owes $500K in child support disappears off Fort Lauderdale," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of child support

1901, in the meaning defined above

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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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