File for Divorce in Honolulu
Divorce process hawaii
Unfortunately, not all marriages last a lifetime, and many do not end amicably. For some married couples, divorce is a necessary step towards a healthier, more harmonious life. However, the divorce process can be stressful for both parties, especially if there are children involved.
At Sturdivant & Associates, LLLC, we have been guiding families through this process since 2005, and we are adept at handling the toughest divorce cases with competence and precision. If you have decided to file for divorce, or need to respond to divorce papers in Hawaii, you should seek the counsel of an experienced divorce law firm as soon as possible.
Understanding Divorce laws in Hawaii
Have you been served with divorce papers? You should educate yourself on what this process means:
- In simple terms, divorce is the legal dissolution of a marriage.
- Unfortunately, this dissolution can have lifelong effects, which is why you should be cautious and thorough in regard to the terms of your divorce agreement.
- Once the marriage is dissolved, your financial standing and parental rights can change dramatically, so seeking the counsel of an experienced family law firm should be a top priority.
Our Honolulu divorce lawyer takes pride in his performance and is driven by his passion for helping families. If you are ready to file, he is ready to assist.
At Sturdivant & Associates, LLLC, we help clients get through some of the toughest terms that can hold up a divorce, including:
- Division of assets
- Alimony payments
- Child support
- Child custody
- Medical coverage
- Educational expenses
If you’re ready to file for divorce, we can guide you and your family through the process. We’ve handled various divorce cases including contested and uncontested divorce for over 12 years, and our Honolulu divorce lawyers have the skills necessary to assist you today.
Other matters we can help with include:
How Long Will Your Divorce Take?
As long as you have been a resident of Hawaii for six months you are eligible for divorce. The duration of your divorce depends on the issues at hand, and if each party agrees or disagrees to the terms. If the divorce is uncontested, then expect it to become finalized in about three to eight weeks. A contested divorce can take upwards of a year, sometimes longer.
Grounds for Divorce in Hawaii
Like every other state, Hawaii allows for no-fault divorces. This means that a spouse doesn’t need to prove any type of fault in the other spouse in order to get a judge to grant a divorce. Rather, a spouse must simply state that the marriage is “irretrievably broken” and can’t be repaired. If one spouse claims this, but the other spouse disagrees, then the judge might order counseling before granting a divorce. However, if nothing is resolved within 60 days, then the judge will grant the divorce.
What Are the Costs Associated with Divorce in Hawaii?
The cost of your divorce depends on whether it is contested or uncontested. An uncontested divorce is straightforward and can be quick and inexpensive. A contested divorce, on the other hand, could get expensive if you and your spouse cannot reach an agreement. You may also find that if mediation is unsuccessful that you must pay for mediation and an attorney.
There are various fees you must pay to file for divorce in Hawaii. This includes filing fees (around $200), postage fees, photocopying fees, messenger/deliver fees, and attorney fees. You will also need to pay a process fee to the individual who serves your spouse divorce papers. Additionally, you will also need to pay for transportation to and from your lawyer’s office, the courthouse, and wherever your mediation sessions are being held.
Nationally, the average cost of a divorce is around $15,000 per person, but this does vary. These costs include attorney fees, court costs, and the costs associated with hiring additional experts like a real estate appraiser or accountant. Your divorce could be complex and cost this much or more, or it could be straightforward and cost much less. The best way to get a good idea of what your divorce may cost would be to speak with an experienced divorce lawyer to determine your options.
Kids & Divorce Questions
Difficult Questions Kids Ask About Divorce, by authors Scheider and Zuckerberg, is a handy book that provides insight into typical responses by children experiencing their parent’s divorce. This book effectively analyses divorce from the perspective of the child.
The following insights are helpful:
- Children can only understand what their age allows.
- Children have trouble articulating their feelings.
- Children are too frightened to ask the most painful questions.
- Parents may be reluctant to listen.
- When children do ask questions, their feelings may be denied.
- Children fear their questions will hurt or anger their parents.
- Some fathers are not practiced in addressing certain problems.
- Children find solace in magical thinking.
Furthermore, what a child says may not be congruent with what they are actually feeling (fear):
- “I’m afraid of being alone” becomes, in a divorce, “I’m being left alone.”
- “I hope the bad guys go away” becomes, in a divorce, “The bad guys are going to get me.”
- “If I do something bad, will you still love me?” becomes, in a divorce, “Did I send mommy/daddy away?”
- “I wish I were smarter, prettier, faster” becomes, in a divorce, “I’m not good enough to make you stay.”
A custody litigant may be inclined to hear only what they want to hear, and children may be reluctant to express their fears and questions, but an observant parent by being aware of their child’s underlying fears, and their developmental limitations, may be able to put their child at ease.
Gain access to our Honolulu divorce attorney today by calling our firm at (808) 201-3898. We’ll get you the help you need!