In Hawaii and across the United States, DNA paternity tests are now commonly used in courtrooms to determine if a man must provide child support. Sometimes, DNA can determine whether a parent should have custody of a child. DNA test results will inform the court about a man's legal duties toward a child. A man who is not the child's true biological parent is not legally responsible for taking care of the child. A DNA paternity test provides close to 100% accurate results.
In Hawaii and across the United States, ex-spouses often practice "voluntary impoverishment." A former spouse who does not want to make child support payments uses the tactic as a way to manipulate the law. A person practicing voluntary impoverishment may lie to the Internal Revenue Service by reporting less income than they earn. The ex-spouse may refuse to work at high-paying jobs or abandon all forms of employment. A parent relying on child support checks may no longer have the ability to take care of their child.
A study by Custody X Change found that a typical child support payment in Hawaii was among the highest of all states, ranging from $881 to $1,187 monthly. However, if the parent moved to another state, such as Oregon, the payments might decrease significantly to $400-$528 monthly. A parent who crossed the border into Washington might once again be paying the same higher amounts as in Hawaii.
Divorce poses many challenges for Hawaii parents. One of the most overlooked issues involves dealing with tax filings. While the process of claiming dependents may have been simple during the marriage, it can be more complicated after a divorce.