Child Support in Hawaii

The Hawaii Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) works in conjunction with the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement and other agencies to make sure children have the financial support of both parents. It also makes sure that court-ordered child support is paid promptly and that the custodial parent receives them in a timely manner.

Hawaii Parent Location and Paternity Identification

To find a missing parent the agency may ask you to authorize the requesting of information from the Federal Parent Locator Service. Confidential information is protected and only people authorized to help find the parent may have access it. You are absolutely required to provide all SSN for children and both custodial and non-custodial parents.

If you are the biological father of a child and wish access to the child or to pay Hawaii child support then CSEA can help you prove paternity. However you have to get an independent lawyer to help you with the visitation part of the case.

The state of Hawaii makes it quite easy for fathers to pay their child support. They can use ExpertPay, My, or they can make credit card payments by telephone or over the Internet. Your employer can also send support related funds directly to the CSEA. For more information about payments in general go to Child Support Payment Options section of the Child Support Enforcement Agency website at

Hawaii Child Support Tips

In Hawaii an individual who is not the biological father of a child can apply to be the legal father. This is sometimes preferable if the biological father is missing or criminal in some way. Otherwise the agency will try and find the real father and provide genetic testing to prove paternity.

It usually takes the CSEA about three months to establish CSEA unless the father is not located or if there are problems serving the court order to the person because of incarceration or because he lives in another state.

If someone you do not want as the baby’s father happens to be the biological father there is nothing you can do to change his paternity if he signs a Voluntary Establishment of paternity form as the legal father of your child.

You can find out everything you need to know about child support in Hawaii by going to the official State of Hawaii website at You might also want to note that the keiki referred to on the website means “children.” The site prides itself on its concern for keiki and its mission to promote the self-sufficiency of families through various programs.