Honolulu Child Support Lawyers
Giving You and Your Child the Support You Deserve
Parenthood is a two-way street. When you and your partner have a baby,
each parent typically assumes that both parents will be present and together
going forward to provide love, care, and support to the child. However,
if you and your partner decide to separate or are no longer together at
the time of the child’s birth, child support can and should be established
to provide legal protection to the parent with
custody or between two parents with joint physical custody where one parent has
greater income. Child support ensures that the other parent continues
to contribute an appropriate amount of money to provide for the financial
and economic needs of the child.
For further information regarding child support as it pertains to your
specific case, call our attorneys at
(808) 518-6376. We serve Oahu and the neighboring islands.
How Child Support Works
Child support is meant to assist the custodial parent in paying for some
of the child’s expenses. These costs could include the child’s
basic necessities like health care, food, and clothing. Additionally,
child support allows the parent to provide extra experiences to the child
like enrolling in extracurricular activities, sports or going on a trip.
In Hawaii, child support payments are most often made through wage assignment.
This means that the funds are transferred directly from the paying parent
to the custodial parent through the Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA).
The parents may elect to handle payments directly between the two of them,
so long as they agree to do so in writing. Our lawyers can help create
and implement this agreement.
What Does a Child Support Attorney Do?
A child support attorney can help ensure payments are made on time and
in the appropriate amount. Additionally, our lawyers can help adjust the
payment amounts to address any changes in financial standing of either
parent such as a lost job or new salary.
We provide professional insight, counsel, and assistance regarding:
- Filing any necessary documents
- Clarifying child support orders to ensure both parties are in agreement
and sufficiently understand what is required of them
- Calculating child support payment amounts that would cover the necessities
of the child
- Representing you if a court hearing or CSEA administrative hearing is necessary
- Working with you to request a modification to the amount of child support
received or to be paid due to a significant change in needs or circumstances
- Working with you and the CSEA to enforce or to modify child support payments
Our family at Coates Frey Tanimoto & Gibson cherishes your family and
the families in our community. We work with you to protect your
keiki and to get your family the assistance you deserve.
Contact one of our Honolulu child support attorneys today to get help with your case.