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File for Divorce in Hawaii

The topic of divorce is one that is very sensitive to many individuals. In the year 2010, the state of Hawaii had the fourth-lowest divorce rate in the nation. Less than 10% of individuals in the state were divorced. In paradise, however, marital problems still exist. Those who wish to get a divorce should speak with a Honolulu divorce attorney like me.

If you are facing the issue of divorce and would like legal guidance, contact us online or call our divorce attorney in Honolulu at (808) 201-0496 today

Will My Divorce End Up In A Trial?

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According to statistics from the American Bar Association, approximately 95% of all divorces are uncontested. In an uncontested divorce, you and your spouse would work together to negotiate an out-of-court settlement which addresses all of the issues involved in the case. If an uncontested divorce is not possible, on the other hand, you and your spouse will have to bring the case before a family law judge for a full trial to decide on matters including:

Defending Your Rights in Divorce

Before the family law judge will finalize your divorce, it will be necessary to reach a resolution on the many issues involved in the case, whether this is done through negotiation or by decree of the court.

Matters that must be addressed include:

  • Division of shared property, which includes a determination of what assets are to be considered shared property and what is the separate property of each spouse. Questions of property division become especially complex in cases where either spouse owns a business, retirement plan or other assets to which the other party may have a claim.
  • Responsibility for payment of shared debts, which depends in large measure on determining whether certain debts were incurred jointly or if, for example, one of the spouses ran up credit card balances or gambling debts.
  • Whether either spouse will be responsible to pay alimony to the other, and if so, how much he or she will pay and for what duration
  • Where the children will live, whether they will be with one parent or if you and your spouse will share physical child custody while the other parent receives rights of visitation
  • Which parent will be primarily responsible for making decisions about the children's lives on matters including their education, medical care and religious upbringing, or if decision making will be shared between the parents
  • Which parent will be responsible for paying child support, and how much he or she will have to pay

State law provides certain guidelines and requirements concerning the various aspects of a divorce. Many of these, however, are open to interpretation based on the evidence introduced by either party. For example, decisions concerning child custody are influenced by the question of what is in the best interests of the children. A Honolulu divorce lawyer can make an enormous difference in your case by making arguments and providing evidence to show that the children would be better off living with you.

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