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Hawaii Child Support Factors

The court may order either or both parents to provide child support in a just and equitable manner. Factors to be considered are: (1) all earnings, income, and resources of the parents; (2) the earning potential, reasonable necessities, and borrowing capacity of the parents; (3) the needs of the child; (4) the full amount of public aid the child would receive without any child support; (5) any other dependents of the parents; (6) incentives for both parents to work; (7) an attempt to balance the standard of living of the parents and avoid placing any parent below poverty level; (8) to avoid any extreme changes in either parentís income; and (9) if a parent with school-age children is able to work and does not, 30 hours of minimum wage income will be added to that parentís presumed income. There are official Child Support Guidelines set out in the statute. [Hawaii Revised Statutes; Title 576D, Chapter 7 and Title 580, Chapter 47].

Hawaii child support is typically calculated by using a Child Support Worksheet. The worksheet will generate an appropriate Hawaii child support obligation according to each spouse’s income and other relative numeric factors such as taxes paid and retirement contributions, etc.. 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. You can get more information about Hawaii child support in the Hawaii state statutes located at: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/.