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Hawaii Child Support
Child Support in Hawaii
Guidelines set out in court rule follow the Melson Formula. Support is calculated on net income, with allowances for household members.
The court may order either or both parents to provide child support in a just and equitable manner. As described in the official Child Support Guidelines set out in the Hawaii Revised Statutes; Title 576D, Chapter 7 and Title 580, Chapter 47, the court considers:
Hawaii child support is typically calculated by using a Child Support Worksheet. The worksheet generates an appropriate Hawaii child support obligation based on each spouse's income and other relative numeric factors such as taxes paid and retirement contributions.
The Melson formula allocates to each parent a poverty self-support reserve. The formula then determines the total remaining combined parental income, the noncustodial parent's percentage thereof, and applies the noncustodial parent's percentage to a standard primary support obligation based on the number of children. Finally, after the primary support obligation is subtracted, the formula assesses the noncustodial parent an additional percentage of his or her remaining income.
Once this amount is determined it is essential to take a look at any appropriate Hawaii child support deviation factors that may be applicable to the situation. Additional information about Hawaii child support can be found in the Hawaii state statutes.
Other Expenses and Deductions
Extraordinary expenses are either add-ons, where the expense is added to the support payment, or deductions, where the amount is deducted, and indicated as either mandatory or permissive. Extraordinary medical costs are a mandatory deduction, and private school is a deviation factor.
Child Support Enforcement
In the state of Hawaii, the State Child Support Enforcement Agency is a division within the Department of the Attorney General. The Hawaii Child Support Enforcement Agency helps locate non-custodial parents, establish paternity, establish, modify, or terminate support orders, and enforcement.
Contact Information & Office LocationsCSEA Offices Walk-in/Telephone Hours:
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Except State Holidays
Customer Service Telephone Toll free number for Molokai, Lanai, and Mainland
On the island of Oahu:
On the island of Hawaii:
On the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai:
More information about Hawaii Child Support Enforcement can be found at their website.
Child support ends when a child turns 18, but courts may extend it to age 23 if the child is enrolled in an accredited higher education institution.
Sometimes unusual circumstances may warrant a departure from the guidelines' computation. These are presented to the Court or Hearings Officer. A party who believes he or she has an unusual circumstance must complete the Exceptional Circumstance Declaration form that can be obtained at the courthouse.
Deviations may be approved if the exceptional circumstances warrant it, pursuant to HRS Sections 576D-7 and 576E-15.
In these cases, the court, or hearings officer, makes oral findings of fact on the record or prepares written findings of fact.
Although it is impossible to predict all exceptional circumstances, the following examples provide some guidance:
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