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

Examples of noncustodial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Austin police issued an Amber Alert for 3-year-old McKenzie Byrne early Thursday morning after her noncustodial father, Brian Byrne, took her during a violent domestic assault, Salazar said. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Nov. 2021 This could also include many, many other noncustodial sort of actors in the crypto space. Tax Notes Staff, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 The Texas Department of Public Safety said in a bulletin that the 10-year-old girl and her 42-year-old noncustodial father were last seen July 12 in Seguin, about 30 miles east of San Antonio. From Staff Reports, Dallas News, 23 July 2021 One child was a victim of a noncustodial parental kidnapping. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 25 Jan. 2021 In handing down her sentence, magistrate judge Lily Wong said community service or a noncustodial penalty would be inappropriate for Lam and Joshua Wong, citing their criminal records — all relating to their activism and political protests. Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2020 All Maryland counties and Baltimore City have child support enforcement agencies that try to collect arrearages from the noncustodial parent. Donna Engle,, 26 Sep. 2020 Court records of child support enforcement actions may show noncustodial parents accused of having failed to pay support for months or even years. Donna Engle,, 26 Sep. 2020 For many parents, in-person visits changed to virtual ones, in which children Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime with noncustodial parents. Jessica Klein, The Atlantic, 23 June 2020

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First Known Use of noncustodial

1965, in the meaning defined above

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21 Nov 2021

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“Noncustodial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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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
: 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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