Office of Child Support Hearings

Mission

The mission of the Office of Child Support Hearings (OCSH) is to resolve child support disputes fairly, impartially, and expeditiously. 

General information

The OCSH, established in 1988, continues its efforts to improve the adjudication of child support matters through the contested case hearing process, pursuant to the directives of Governor Neil Abercrombie and Lt. Governor Shan S. Tsutsui, together with initiatives implemented by the Attorney General David M. Louie.

We believe children should have the financial support of both parents. Our efforts to help the families of Hawaiʻi will be guided principles of fairness and impartiality in applying Hawaii’s Child Support Guidelines, as well as state and federal laws applicable to child support issues.

The OCSH conducts administrative hearings to establish, enforce, or change child support orders (including medical support). The Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) processes all cases heard by the OCSH. This administrative forum is an alternative to Family Court legal proceedings for child support matters only.

OCSH administrative orders have the same force and effect as Family Court orders for establishing, modifying, terminating or enforcing child support obligations.

OCSH conducts administrative hearings regarding child support pursuant to Chapters 91 and 576E of the Hawaiʻi Revised Statutes when parties (parents or guardians) object to a proposed action or order of the Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA).

The OCSH conducted over three dozen General Information Classes for its hearing participants between November 2008 and June 2011. Click on the link below to view most of the material from these classes.

Note: Oahu hearings are in Room 251 (on the second floor) of the Kakuhihewa Building, 601 Kamokila Blvd., Kapolei

General Information for Child Support Hearings