Child support

Definition - Noun
: 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.

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