Financial Support Of Children And Spouses

Financial support generally comes in the form of child support and spousal support. As is the case with most family law issues, each case is as unique as the family involved. There is a formula employed by the state where payment by the noncustodial parent is made to the custodial parent (who has the kids most of the time even when there is joint custody). While child support is a fairly straightforward formula, spousal support is separate and less defined by the law. In either case, these arrangements can be legally modified with help from a lawyer as the needs of family members change.

At Christopher D. Thomas Attorney at Law, we handle both kinds of support. We talk with our clients to determine their needs and legal goals in these matters, often as part of our general guidance regarding your divorce. Mr. Thomas can then map an effective course of action that is in the best interests of the children and/or workable for the parents.

How Child Support Works

Child support is based on the policy that both parents are obligated to financially support their children, even when the children are not living with both parents. In Hawaii, there is no need for the parents to be married; only paternity and/or maternity need to be demonstrated for a child support obligation to be found by the court. To determine the amount of child support in each case, the court is required to follow a set of guidelines published by the state to determine the final amount. The deciding factors include:

  • The number of children
  • The combined income of both parents
  • The custody arrangement
  • The amount of their alimony payments

How Spousal Support Works

Spousal support (also known as alimony or spousal maintenance) comes in the form of a temporary or permanent arrangement. The temporary one is treated as a payment for a spouse while he or she looks for work, or gains additional training to support themselves. The factors in determining spousal support include:

  • Length of the marriage
  • Each spouse's occupation while married
  • The needs and resources of a spouse
  • The standard of living while married
  • Age of each spouse

Contact Us To Discuss Your Support Issues

Based in Honolulu but serving clients throughout Hawaii and beyond, we can be reached at 808-379-3541 or online through our Contact page. We work with both civilian and military families. Initial consultations are free and confidential.