KHON2 News Speaks with Gavin Doi about Child Support

KHON2 News speaks with Gavin Doi of Doi/Luke, Islandlawyers on February 3, 2015, about a proposed law in he Hawaii Legislature to collect child support from grandparents of children on state assistance. Specifically, the proposed State House Bill 128 would allow the State, via the Child Support Enforcement Agency, to pursue the parents of minors who have children on State assistance. Essentially the bill would hold grandparents responsible for welfare payments made to their grandchildren if the parents of those grandchildren are still under 18. The gist of the bill is not really pursuing “grandparents,” but rather making parents liable when their teen children have their own babies. This liability would end when the parents of the children on assistance turn 18.

As of March 27, 2015, House Bill 128 has passed second reading in the House of Representatives, and is currently being discussed in the House Judiciary Committee.

[Update: the 2015 Hawaii Legislative session adjourned on May 7, 2015, without full action on the bill]

KHON2 News Speaks with Gavin Doi about Child Support
KHON2 News Speaks with Gavin Doi about Child Support

Gavin Doi, an attorney with Doi/Luke, Island Lawyers, is interviewed by KHON2 News about a proposed law to collect child support from some grandparents

About Gavin K. Doi

Gavin, a founding partner of Doi/Luke, was born and reared in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, graduating from McKinley High School, and receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Reed College in Portland, Oregon. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver College of Law in Denver, Colorado. Previously, Gavin worked with the Child Support Enforcement Agency and the AmeriCorps Domestic Violence Clinic. An advocate of pro bono legal work, Gavin volunteers time with Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii and the Hawai’i State Bar Association. In 2013, Gavin co-authored the book Child Custody Litigation and Settlements (Aspatore Books/Thomson West), penning the section "Working with Your Client Towards a Successful Child Custody Case." Gavin is a member of the Hawaii State Bar Association and the HSBA Family Law Section, and was presented with the 2002 Justice Award by the Hawaii State Bar Association, which honors one lawyer annually for their outstanding contribution to the ideals of justice. The Hawaii Access to Justice Commission honored Gavin in 2012 for his pro bono service to the community. Gavin has extensive experience in divorce, paternity, child custody, child support, restraining orders, and other family law matters, and has a Distinguished rating with Martindale-Hubble®/, and an Avvo rating of 10 out of 10. He can be e-mailed at: .

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