Hawaii Child Support Enforcement Resource Center

Even if the non-custodial parent lives outside the state of Hawaii, the law requires cooperation between states. The non-custodial parent is legally required to make regular child support payments, regardless of where they live.

Hawaii Support Enforcement Measures

If a non-custodial parent does not pay child support, he or she is subject to enforcement measures in accordance with Federal and Hawaii child support law to collect regular and past-due payments.

Who Can Enforce Court Ordered Child Support in Hawaii?

The Hawaii Child Support Enforcement Agency is the state-run child support enforcement office for Hawaii. The Hawaii Department of the Attorney General is required by federal law to provide services through Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) and is funded by the federal government and the State of Hawaii.

Full Time Equiv. Staff 200
Total Caseload 99,842

1 U.S. Office of Child Support Enforcement, Boxscores for FY 2005

Interest on Missed Child Support Payments

The State of Hawaii does not allow for interest on judgements, missed payments or retroactive support.

Hawaii's Statute of Limitations on Back Child Support Payments (Arrears)

Hawaii's statute of limitations for child support enforcement is the child's 33rd birthday or 10 years after the judgement was entered, whichever is later.

Hawaii's Statute of Limitations for Determination of Paternity

Hawaii requires that paternity be established within 3 years of the child reaching the age of majority.

Age of Emancipation / Age of Majority in Hawaii

The age of majority in Hawaii is 18. (Hawaii Revised Statutes § 577-1)

An order terminating child support is automatically entered when the child reaches the age of majority unless the child is disabled or attending college full-time.

How Are Child Support Payment Amounts Determined in Hawaii?

In Hawaii, support payments are determined by the family court taking into consideration the following: earnings, income, and resources of both parents; provided that earnings be the net amount, after deductions for taxes, and social security; earning potential, reasonable necessities, and borrowing capacity of both parents; needs of the child; balance the standard of living of both parents and child to avoid placing any below the poverty level; amount of public assistance which would be paid for the child under the full standard of need; existence of other dependents of the obligor parent

Custody and Visitation Issues

Child support and visitation rights are separate issues. The court determines both and will usually order the non-custodial parent to pay support and the custodial parent to make the child available for visits.

The custodial parent must obey the court order for visitation, even if the non-custodial parent cannot or will not pay child support. The court can enforce any of its orders against either parent.

Our clients say...

It took me 10 years to catch up with my husband to establish a court order for child support. Years had gone by and his debt was in the thousands. I got Human Services involved and they told me that because I was now in a different state I had to close my case and had to open my case there. Weeks after I sent the paperwork to the Child Support Enforcement office, I received a letter saying I needed to attach notarized proof of previous payements made etc, etc, etc. I was tired of going through the process of trying to get child support owed.

I found the website for Support Collectors. I figured it probably wouldn't work and a lot of paperwork would be required...Well, there was not a lot of paperwork. It was so easy, I don't know why these other agencies need so much stuff when Support Collectors took the basic information and I had payment coming in in less than 6 weeks (this includes the time that I filed). Support Collectors kept in contact with me and was able to establish a settlement in no time. I was really surprised. I would recommend this service to anyone else (man or woman). The service was excellent.
- Lee M., Alabama
Collected $26,000

After many years of searching through various agencies for my ex-husband, a dear friend told me about the Support Collectors web site. I logged on and requested an application, thinking to myself it won't make a difference. We hadn't found him in 19 years, they won't be able to find him either. To my surprise they did and very quickly. Support Collectors handled everything very professionally and I received my settlement of $60,000 within a few months!

I would highly recommend Support Collectors to anyone who is owed child support. Thank you Support Collectors for doing what I thought was completely hopeless.
- Terry M., Illinois
Collected $26,000

Thank you so much for your help in getting the child support payments my daughter deserves! I only wish I would not have waited so long to contact you for assistance. You succeeded when everyone else had failed.

Don't try to handle this problem on your own with the department of child support services who are drowning in a sea of paperwork, let Support Collectors take care of you personally. The best part is that you don't owe them anything until they get payments for you and believe me, it is worth every penny.
- Teresa H., Illinois
Collected $26,000