Honolulu Divorce Mediation Basics
Our Honolulu divorce mediation can be an alternative to lengthy, public court battles. A divorce mediator can assist with a settlement agreement on issues like property division, alimony, child support and child custody, and more.
In Honolulu, an uncontested divorce requires a written marital settlement agreement to avoid the more lengthy court process of a contested divorce. To qualify for an uncontested divorce, you must agree on all important issues and file a written settlement agreement that details the agreements between the spouses. You must also meet certain residency requirements (six months in Hawaii and at least three months in the circuit where you file). Haw. Rev. Stat. § 580-1 (2020).
Hawaii Family Courts handle all divorce filings. Each island has its own circuit court:
- First Circuit – Oahu;
- Second Circuit – Maui, Lanai, and Molokai;
- Third Circuit – Island of Hawaii, and subdivided Hilo, Kona, and Rural Divisions;
- There is no Fourth Circuit; and
- Fifth Circuit – Kauai
The Hawaii State Judiciary offers lots of useful information, as well as the online divorce forms you’ll need to file. Also note that each circuit has its own procedures, so be sure to check your circuit for specific information.
You can save time and money by first working with a mediator to resolve your disputes. Our Honolulu divorce mediation can save you significant time and money when you use a divorce mediator to assist with your divorce settlement agreement.
For more information on Honolulu divorce mediation, visit DivorceNet’s page on divorce in Hawaii.
Divorce mediation offers a number of advantages, including:
- lower cost,
- freedom to make informed decisions,
- control, and
You and your spouse control the outcome of divorce mediation, not the courts.
For divorce mediation to be successful, it’s important that both spouses engage in good faith. Mediation will likely not be successful if one spouse is more interested in harming the other spouse than resolving disputes over property or child custody arrangements. If both spouses engage in good faith, though, mediation can save significant time and money for both spouses.