child support
child sup·port n: 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
◇ Child support is usu. paid by the parent who is without custody. In the case of joint custody, both parents usu. pay child support.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

child support
n.
Financial contributions that a parent must make toward the upbringing of a child, usually paid by the parent who does not keep custody of the child after a divorce.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


child support
the statutory regime devised to make parents of children pay maintenance: Child Support Act 1991. It is based upon payments for a qualifying child by an absent parent. It is channelled through a child support officer.
The ordinary courts are not involved. Appeals are possible to the Child Support Appeal Tribunal and the Child Support Commissioner. The ultimate appeal (for Scotland as well as England) is the English Court of Appeal.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


child support
Financial and other support for children provided by the parents who are legally responsible for them. Most commonly, child support is ordered when parents divorce or separate and one parent is required to pay the other an amount of child support that is determined by state guidelines, based on the parents' incomes and the amount of time each parent spends with the child(ren). Support may also include paying for insurance benefits, school tuition, and other expenses. Child support is not deductible or taxable.
Category: Divorce & Family Law → Divorce, Child Support & Custody

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


child support
A payment that a noncustodial parent makes as a contribution to the costs of raising her or his child.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


child support
A payment that a noncustodial parent makes as a contribution to the costs of raising her or his child.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

child support
n.
   court-ordered funds to be paid by one parent to the custodial parent of a minor child after divorce (dissolution) or separation. Usually the dollar amounts are based on the income of both parents, the number of children, the expenses of the custodial parent, and any special needs of the child. In many states or locales the amount is determined by a chart which factors in all these figures. It may also include health plan coverage, school tuition or other expenses, and may be reduced during periods of extended visitation such as summer vacations. Child support generally continues until the child reaches 18 years, graduates from high school, is emancipated (no longer lives with either parent), or, in some cases, for an extended period such as college attendance. The amount and continuation of support may be changed by the court upon application of either party depending on a proved change of circumstance of the parents or child. Child support should not be confused with alimony (spousal support) which is for the ex-spouse's support. Child support is not deductible from gross income for tax purposes (but may allow a dependent exemption) nor is it taxed as income, unlike alimony, which is deductible by the payer and taxed as the adult recipient's income.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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