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Helpful Terms
Below is a list of legal terms commonly used in Child Support. Many of the terms are used in the forms you are required to fill out when opening a support case.

ADJUDICATED or Adj: an action or decision that has been made in court.

AFFIDAVIT: A sworn statement in writing. Affidavits must be notarized.

ARREARS: overdue payments or debts.

CUSTODIAL PARENT or CST or CP: The parent who has custody of the child(ren).

DEFENDANT: The parent required to answer in a legal action. In Child Support cases, this is the non-custodial parent.

DEPENDANT CHILD: Any person, who is not otherwise emancipated, self-supporting or a member of the Armed Forces of the United States, who is: 

    1. Under the age of 18 years; or 

    2. Under 19 years of age and who is a student in high school.

GROSS INCOME: The income before taxes and other obligations are paid.

NON-CUSTODIAL PARENT or NCP: The parent who does not have custody of the minor child(ren).

OBLIGOR: The parent who pays support.

OBLIGEE: The parent who is to receive support.

PETITIONER: The parent who is making the request for support.

PLAINTIFF: The complaining party in a legal action. In Child Support cases, this is the custodial parent.

RESPONDENT: The parent who must respond to the legal action. In Child Support cases, this is the non-custodial parent.

UNADJUDICATED: Arrears that are owed but there is no judgment or court order for this amount.