Spousal and Child Support
In the state of Hawaii, both spouses are financially responsible for their minor children. However, the spouse who spends less time with the child (the non-custodial parent) typically pays the greater amount. In contrast, the second parent is considered to be responsible for the child's daily expenses.
The amount of child support depends on the financial conditions of the parents and the number of minor children in the family. The parents' total gross income from all sources, as well as payments for alimony and insurance premiums, is used to calculate the net income. The exact amount of support is determined based on the net income. This amount is then divided proportionally between the parents, taking into account the amount of time the child spends with each parent.
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