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Child Support Archives

What child support obligations do same-sex parents have?

Same-sex couples fought for years to have the right to marry -- and family law is slowly catching up with the fact that same-sex couples now have that right. However, reinterpreting the law in light of social changes can be difficult -- and it can leave plenty of same-sex couples confused about both their rights and their obligations after a divorce.

How does Hawaii compare to other states regarding child support?

Every divorced parent has a picture of how they think child support and custody of the children will work -- but that picture can be heavily distorted not only by the stories of others but the geographical area in which you happen to live.

Does child support cover private school?

Like other states, Hawaii uses standard child support guidelines (CSG) to help parents calculate what they will need to pay in the event of a divorce or parental separation. Amounts vary, but in general are based on the number of children a couple has, each parent's earned income and the amount of time children spend with each parent.

Child support is for necessities, not extras

Child support is money meant to provide for the kids, and it often works to even out the input from both parents. You have the kids living with you 90 percent of the time, for instance, and your spouse pays support so that you're both contributing to the costs.

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