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Child Support Archives

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.

What do you do when a noncustodial parent won't pay support?

A lot of newly divorced parents are puzzled about the relationship between child support and child visitation -- but it's important not to confuse the two. Otherwise, you may make several mistakes that could put you back in court.

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