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CHILD SUPPORT Definition & Legal Meaning

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A method of compensating a parent needing monies for raising and sheltering a child by another who has the means to manage the expenses associated with child support. A court of law usually determines the payments, based on the income level of the other parent. Stiff fines and even jail time can be imposed for a parent failing to keep up payment. The courts take a dim view for scofflaws.


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