Honolulu Divorce Attorney
Divorce process Hawaii
Unfortunately, not all marriages last a lifetime, and many do not end amicably. For some married couples, divorce is necessary for a healthier, more harmonious life. However, divorce can be stressful for both parties, especially if children are involved.
At Sturdivant & Associates, LLLC, we have guided families through this process since 2005, and we are adept at handling the most challenging 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.
What Are the Divorce Laws in Hawaii
According to the divorce laws in Hawaii, as long as one spouse believes the marriage is irretrievably broken or cannot be resolved, either spouse can file for divorce. In addition, you could get divorced in Hawaii despite being legally married in another state or country.
Have you been served with divorce papers? First, it would be best if you educated yourself on what this process means:
- In simple terms, divorce is the legal dissolution of a marriage.
- Unfortunately, this dissolution can have lifelong effects, so you should be cautious and thorough concerning 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 most challenging 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 16 years, and our Honolulu divorce lawyers have the skills necessary to assist you today.
Other matters we can help with include the following:
How Long Does a Divorce Take in Hawaii?
Once you file the divorce papers, an uncontested divorce can take 30 to 90 days for a settlement to be complete.
In addition, the duration from start to finish on divorce may vary pending any issues such as agreements or disagreements, the number of cases handled by the court, and the judge’s availability to sign off on the final decree of the divorce.
A contested divorce can take up to a year to finalize, sometimes longer.
Grounds for Divorce in Hawaii
Is Hawaii a No-Fault Divorce State?
Hawaii is a "no-fault" divorce state, meaning a spouse doesn't need to prove any fault in the other spouse to get a judge to grant a divorce.
Instead, a spouse must state that the marriage is "irretrievably broken" and can't salvage it. If one spouse claims this, but the other spouse disagrees, the judge might order counseling before granting a divorce.
However, if both parties cannot resolve anything within 60 days, 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. On the other hand, a contested divorce could get expensive if you and your spouse cannot agree. You may also find that you must pay for mediation and an attorney if mediation is unsuccessful.
There are various fees you must pay to file for divorce in Hawaii. This includes filing fees (around $200), postage, photocopying, messenger/deliver, and attorney fees. You will also need to pay a processing fee to the individual who serves your spouse’s divorce papers. You will also need to pay for transportation to and from your lawyer’s office, the courthouse, and your mediation sessions.
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 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, parents may deny their feelings.
- Children fear their questions will hurt or anger their parents.
- Some fathers do not practice addressing specific problems.
- Children find solace in magical thinking.
Furthermore, what a child says may not be congruent with what they are 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 your stay.”
A custody litigant may be inclined to hear what they want to hear, and children may be reluctant to express their fears and questions. Still, by being aware of their child’s underlying fears and developmental limitations, an observant parent 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!