non·​cus·​to·​di·​al | \ˌnän-kə-ˈstō-dē-əl \

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

Examples of noncustodial in a Sentence

The judge favors non-custodial sentences for most first offenses.

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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 Police are seeking the public's help in locating a 2-year-old River Rouge boy, who was taken from his home by his noncustodial father without permission. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Endangered missing alert issued for 2-year-old River Rouge boy," 9 Jan. 2018 As of Wednesday , 126 noncustodial parents had requested amnesty, making payments totaling $33,793.97. Michael Alison Chandler, Washington Post, "D.C. offers amnesty to parents who are behind in child support," 7 Sep. 2017 Brunt, the boy’s noncustodial father, allegedly took the child Friday afternoon, according to police. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "Father who allegedly took his son from mother at gunpoint is charged in KCK case," 5 Aug. 2017 Hershel T. Hulbert, 26, the mother’s ex-boyfriend and the boy’s noncustodial father, was in custody. Staff And Wire Reports, Twin Cities, "Minneapolis toddler found and suspect in custody after abduction, Amber Alert," 28 Mar. 2017

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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

non-custodial : involving punishment that does not require a criminal to spend time in prison


non·​cus·​to·​di·​al | \ˌnän-kə-ˈstō-dē-əl \

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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