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Hawaii Child Support Guidelines

Parents are required to support their minor children. Each state sets guidelines for determining parents' financial obligations under any child support arrangement. The guidelines of every state consider a parent's income in determining what a parent must pay under any child support arrangement.

Continue reading for a breakdown of the guidelines in Hawaii.

Child Support Guidelines in Hawaii

How much money is the other parent required to pay? Family courts in Hawaii use the state's child support guidelines to answer this question. The chart below highlights the main provisions within relevant laws that are used to determine aspects of child support.

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Hawaii Child Support Guidelines: Basic Calculations of Child Support

How is Child Support Calculated?

The amount of a child support award is calculated based on the parents' income, a child's needs, a standard of living adjustment, and child support credits. Family courts use the Hawaii state guidelines in order to conduct basic calculations of child support.

When Does A Parent's Obligation End

  • Generally speaking, obligations under any child support arrangement end when the child reaches the age of majority. However, obligations may end before or after that point, under a variety of circumstances.
  • Examples of when obligations may end prior to a child reaching the age of majority occur when a child is emancipated, marries, or enters active military duty.
  • Child support payments may be required if a child is over the age of majority and still in high school; however, they will not continue beyond the age of 19, if it's a question of the child still needing to earn a high school degree or the equivalent of such a degree. Another example of a situation where obligations continue occurs when a child is permanently disabled.


Under the Hawaii child support guidelines, the following are examples of what is considered income and taken into account when determining a parent's obligation under any child support arrangement:
  • A parent's salary
  • A parent's hourly wages
  • Money received from public benefits
  • Tips, commissions, and bonuses
  • Severance pay
For more information, consider reviewing Hawaii's child support guidelines.

When are Deviations from the Guidelines Permitted?

Under the guidelines, a court may deviate from more typical arrangements in child support arrangements if, for example, a parent is shouldering an undue burden as a result of a hardship. For other examples of when deviations may take place, consider reviewing the guidelines linked immediately above.

Note: State laws are constantly changing. Consider conducting your own research or speaking with a qualified family law attorney to verify the laws of your state and the obligation you may have under any child support arrangement.

Additional Resources

Consider reviewing the following for more information about child support:

Need More Help? Speak with an Attorney

State laws change frequently and can be complicated. For case-specific information about Hawaii's child support guidelines, contact a local family law attorney.

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