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To file for a divorce in Hawaii, you or your spouse must have lived in - or been a resident in - Hawaii for at least 6 months. Additionally, the other party must have lived on the same island (or within the same county) for at least 3 months.
If you haven't lived in Hawaii long enough, you cannot file for a divorce in the state.
Any person can file for divorce in Hawaii, you can even file if your spouse does not want to.
Hawaii is a no-fault divorce state, meaning a judge will not make decisions on whether either party was right or wrong during the marriage.
It is also possible to get divorced in Hawaii even if you were legally married in another state or country.
In general, most reasons for divorce are accepted by Hawaii as one of the involved parties has resided in the state for at least six months prior to filing.
No, Hawaii does not require a period of legal separation before a divorce can be granted.
However, if couples prefer to be legally separated before they finalize a divorce, a court will grant a legal separation period of up to two years.
At the end of this time, the couple must decide whether to end the marriage via a divorce or repair it.
In contrast to a vast majority of US states, Hawaii is not a community property state.
This means that a judge will decide on how property is divided between a couple in what they deem to be a fair split. This is in contrast to other states, where a 50:50 rule is usually applied.
The judge will take into account factors such as the skills and employability of each person, any medical and financial needs, as well as the needs of any children.
The final assets will then be divided on this basis and distributed to the relevant parties.
Prices for divorce in Hawaii depend on several factors such as the complexity of the case, the attorneys' fees, and court fees. It also depends whether it is a contested or uncontested divorce.
However, divorce isn't cheap and the average cost of an uncontested divorce in Hawaii can range from $350 to $1200, while a contested divorce can cost $5,000 to $30,000 or more.
Divorce Bob offers a fully online process that allows you to package up all the information for a uncontested divorce and for starting from $99, we can deliver the papers to your door within 2 business days ready to sign.
For contested divorces, it is always best to consult with a divorce attorney to understand the specific costs involved in your situation, especially if there are grey areas to explore.
The time it takes to get a divorce in Hawaii varies based on the complexity of the case and the ability of both parties to come to an agreement.
Unlike other states, Hawaii doesn't have a set waiting period before you finalize your divorce. This means that if your case is simple and uncontested, you can usually have it finalized within a month or two after you filed your divorce papers.
However, more complex cases may take longer, and it is not uncommon for divorces to take several months or even a year to finalize.
It is best to consult with a divorce attorney to determine an estimated timeline for your specific case.
In Hawaii, child custody is decided based on the best interests of the child. As with property, a judge will evaluate what is best for the child in question.
The judge may consider factors such as the child's age, health, education, and emotional needs, the relationship between the child and each parent, the ability of each parent to provide for the child's physical and emotional needs, any history of domestic abuse or violence, and the child's preference (if the child is old enough to express one).
Both parents are generally encouraged to develop a parenting plan that outlines how they will share custody and allocate decision-making responsibilities.
If the parents cannot agree on a plan, the court may intervene and order a specific custody arrangement.
In Hawaii, there are two types of custody: legal custody and physical custody.
Legal custody refers to the right and responsibility to make major decisions about a child's welfare, such as education, health care, and religious upbringing.
Physical custody refers to where the child lives on a day-to-day basis. Both legal and physical custody can be shared by both parents, or awarded solely to one parent.