The following is a summary of Hawaii child support laws, and is by no means intended to be an all-inclusive description of what to expect in your particular case. In some cases, the exact text of the statute may have been simplified and/or modified to provide for easier understanding. For a more specific understanding of the laws, you should consult the full Hawaii Code and/or consult with an attorney about how the law might apply to your particular situation.

Determination of Gross Income.

Gross income” means income from all sources, excluding needs-based public assistance.

Self-employment income” means income minus reasonable business expenses. Reasonable business expenses are those actual expenditures reasonably necessary for the production of income, including a reasonable amount for ordinary wear and tear of capital assets and one-half of self employment taxes.

Income may be “imputed” when a parent is unemployed or underemployed. However, income shall not be imputed if a parent is unemployed or underemployed in order to care for a child under the age of three years old. The parent’s imputed income shall be determined according to his or her income capacity in the local job market, considering the reasonable needs of the child(ren) and reasonable work aspirations of the parent.

-From the Hawaii Child Support Guidelines

Deviation from Child Support Guidelines.

The court may deviate from the child support guidelines for exceptional circumstances.

-From the Hawaii Child Support Guidelines

Implementation of Income Withholding.

The income of an obligor shall become subject to withholding, without regard to whether there are arrearages or delinquency, upon the agency receiving a request for income withholding from the obligee and a determination made by the agency that income withholding is appropriate, or upon the agency receiving a request for income withholding from the obligor.

If the obligor who receives income on a periodic basis becomes delinquent in making payments under a support order in an amount at least equal to the support payable for one month, the agency shall issue an income withholding order that shall include an amount to be paid towards the delinquency.

-From Section §576D-14 of the Hawaii Statutes.


You can find the full child support guidelines, along with worksheets to calculate support under the guidelines, at the following link: Hawaii Child Support Guidelines.

Here you can find the Hawaii Child Support Enforcement Agency.


This information has been summarized from the Hawaii statutes. You can find the full-text version of these and other Hawaii divorce statutes online here: Hawaii Divorce Laws.




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