Court-ordered payments, typically made by a noncustodial divorced parent, to support one’s minor child or children. Payment awards are made by each state’s family court system. Most states require that they be based on the best interests of the child. In addition to determining support in contentious divorce cases, courts review stipulations (agreements) between parents and can overrule an agreement that does not adequately provide for children. Child support is used to help the custodial parent pay the living expenses associated with bringing up the child. Those expenses can include: food; shelter; clothing; extracurricular activities; as well as many others.