Q&A

# How is Hawaii child support calculated?

## How is Hawaii child support calculated?

(referred to as “the Guidelines” or “CSGW”) The formula takes into account each party’s gross (before tax) monthly income, any amounts paid for the child(ren)’s medical insurance, and child care expenses. The minimum child support under Hawaii law is currently \$83.00 per child, per month.

## How are child support payments calculated in Hawaii?

In most circumstances, the amount of child support payments depends on the number of children, the income of both parents, and the child’s needs. You can estimate your fair share of support by using Hawaii’s child support guidelines, but a court or state agency could increase or decrease payments based on certain exceptions.

Do you have to work to get child support in Hawaii?

Also, a court will not impute income to a parent who stays home with children under three-years-old. A homemaker with older children who is able to work, however, may be held responsible for up to 30 hours of weekly earnings at minimum wage.

### How does the percentage of income work for child support?

In other words, if a child’s custodial parent makes \$2,000 a month and the noncustodial parent brings in \$3,000, the noncustodial parent assumes 60% of the support obligation. The Percentage of Income model calculates support as a percentage of the noncustodial parent’s income.

### Can a child support order be modified in Hawaii?

Once a child support order is in place, you can ask the court or the Hawaii Child Support Enforcement Agency to modify it at any time, but this will require a process different than an initial request for support.

In most circumstances, the amount of child support payments depends on the number of children, the income of both parents, and the child’s needs. You can estimate your fair share of support by using Hawaii’s child support guidelines, but a court or state agency could increase or decrease payments based on certain exceptions.

Also, a court will not impute income to a parent who stays home with children under three-years-old. A homemaker with older children who is able to work, however, may be held responsible for up to 30 hours of weekly earnings at minimum wage.

What are the new guidelines for child support?

New 2020 Child Support Guidelines have been announced in a Family Court Memorandum (listed below as item #1). State law requires the Family Court, the Child Support Enforcement Agency, and the Office of Child Support Hearings to use these Guidelines for all child support cases.

## How is net income calculated for child support?

A parent’s “net income” is the gross income minus spousal support paid, preexisting child support paid, social security, and state, and federal income taxes. You might qualify for additional deductions depending on the type of work you do, and you could take certain credits for things like health insurance premiums already paid.