The primary goal is to ensure that the children have the ongoing financial support from both parents. They will provide you with the information and the tools you need to ensure that court-ordered child support payments are made and received.
Establishing Legal Paternity
Paternity may be established through the “Voluntary Establishment” of paternity process.This process began in Hawaii on July 1, 1999. If the biological parents complete the “Voluntary Establishment of Paternity by Parents” form at the birthing hospital or Department of Health and the father’s name appears on the birth certificate, then paternity has been “Voluntarily Established.” Paternity is at issue for a child if the biological parents of the child are not married to each other at the time of birth . The Federal Government, in its welfare reform acts, has required all states to have “Voluntary Establishment” of paternity programs.
To enforce an order of child support, Federal and State laws provide the agency with a variety of enforcement remedies. When the non-custodial parent fails to meet the child support obligation, Child Support takes action to enforce the order of support. The custodial parent does not need to contact the agency to request enforcement. The following are some of the enforcement tools available to Hawaii Child Support.
Federal and State laws provide mandatory income withholding and expedited processes for establishing and enforcing child support orders. It taps the non-custodial parent's income at the source and becomes a regularly deducted item. Withholding has proven to be a very effective tool for enforcing child support obligations. An Order or Notice to Withhold Income for Child Support is served on the Non-Custodial Parent's employer. The employer is required to begin deducting child support payments from their employee’s wages or benefits.
A lien is created when the Non-Custodial Parent becomes delinquent in his or her support payments or when an order of support for a prior amount of child support of arrears is established. The lien is attached to all real property owned or subsequently acquired by the non-custodial parent.
License suspension is an Hawaii Child Support enforcement remedy that is used to compel non-custodial parents into making support payments. It puts pressure on the non-custodial parent to make the support payments. This type of remedy is different from the enforcement remedies such as income withholding and tax intercept that directly attaches to the payers income or asset. A non-custodial parent who is delinquent in payment’s in an amount equal to or greater than the sum of payments for child support for a three-month period is subject to having their driver's license or recreational license suspended. If delinquent in payment’s in an amount equal to or greater than the sum of payments for child support for a six-month period, the payer’s professional or vocational license(s) is subject to being suspended. The following are other programs that child support uses to collect benefits owed to the custodial parent:
What can I do to modify the amount of child support that I am required to pay?
There are two ways to modify the amount of child support that is to be paid by the non-custodial parent.
Both methods require that the requestor provide the reason for the request including the change in circumstances from the time the last order was entered, if the order is less than three years old. In addition, the requestor must provide his/her financial information before the action can continue. If the person chooses to have The Hawaii Child Support Enforcement Agency initiate the modification action, child support will send out a Notice of Review after the required information is received from the requestor.
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