non·​cus·​to·​di·​al | \ ˌnän-kə-ˈstō-dē-əl How to pronounce noncustodial (audio) \

Definition of noncustodial

: of or being a parent who does not have sole custody of a child or who has custody a smaller portion of the time

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The noncustodial parent must be behind by the amount equal to one month’s obligation before any action could be taken. The Courier-Journal, "If you pay or receive child support, here’s what you really need to know," 31 July 2019 Nearly all noncustodial parents are men and the majority are African American. Yvonne Wenger,, "Maryland should overhaul child support system and how payments are set, Abell Foundation report says," 18 June 2019 Things such as a parent’s income and ability to pay; financial needs of the child; and the amount of support needed to maintain a child’s standard of living all factor in to a monthly payment typically made by a noncustodial parent. Leada Gore |,, "What is typical child support payment in Alabama?," 13 June 2019 Access time that a noncustodial parent spends with his or her child(ren), either agreed to by the parties or ordered by the court. Jennifer Lance, Glamour, "Your Divorce Glossary: A-to-Z Terms You Need to Know," 26 Nov. 2018 Some noncustodial parents pay child support directly to the mothers or fathers who have custody of the children. Joshua Miller,, "Forget what you thought about rooftop solar and consider these seven things instead," 11 Apr. 2018 Jennifer is D'Quai's noncustodial mother, the television said. Justin Madden,, "AMBER Alert cancelled for 4-year-old abducted by mother in Sandusky, reports say," 17 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of noncustodial

1965, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of noncustodial

: not living with your child or having the responsibility of caring for your child after a divorce, legal separation, etc. : not having custody
British : involving punishment that does not require a criminal to spend time in prison


non·​cus·​to·​di·​al | \ ˌnän-kə-ˈstō-dē-əl How to pronounce noncustodial (audio) \

Legal Definition of noncustodial

1 : not taking place while in custody a noncustodial interrogation of a suspect
2 : of or being a parent who does not have sole custody of a child or who has custody a smaller portion of the time

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