Before the Family Law Reform changes in 1996, a non-custodial parent, also known as a liable parent, was a parent who had to pay child support to the custodian (1.1.C.60) of a child. The parent had to be the child's natural or adoptive parent. The term non-resident parent was also used to describe such a person prior to 1 July 2008.
The appropriate term is now 'payer' (1.1.P.72).
Last reviewed: 6 April 2009