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Family Law

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Contact: Geoffrey Hamilton

At Char Hamilton Yoshida & Shimomoto, we understand that going through a divorce or custody dispute is one of the most difficult legal issues many of our clients will face.  Decisions you make during this process can have long-lasting impact on your family, your assets and finances, and your legal rights.  Our experienced and highly qualified attorneys work tirelessly to protect your rights and ensure that all agreements, property divisions, and custody arrangements are fair to you.  We assist our clients with a variety of family law issues, including:

  • Divorce and Military Divorce
  • Premarital and Marital Agreements
  • Child Custody
  • Relocation
  • Asset Division

Our Family Law partner, Mr. Geoffrey Hamilton, and his experienced associates meet personally with all potential clients.  Our clients can choose whether they would like to work with Mr.  Hamilton personally or with his associates, depending on their financial capacity and preferences.  This flexibility ensures that our clients feel completely comfortable with and confident in their choice of legal representation.

Divorce in Hawaii

Under Hawaii law, any person seeking a divorce, including foreign nationals, residents of other states, and military personnel, must have lived in Hawaii for six months prior to the divorce.  Once that period has passed, anyone can file a divorce petition in family court for any reason; Hawaii law does not require you to state a reason in order to file for divorce.  Additionally, only one spouse needs to file for divorce.

In an uncontested divorce, the parties agree on all of the issues; this type of divorce proceeds much more quickly, because the parties do not even have to appear in court if the judge approves the agreement.  If the parties do not agree, the process takes significantly longer because the judge must decide the unresolved issues in divorce proceedings.

Division of Property and Support Orders

Once a divorce is granted, the court may also order one or both parties to support the children or the other party and divide the parties’ assets and debts.  The court considers any factors that would be relevant to making the decision, in addition to a list of factors defined in the statute.  These factors include such considerations as: how long the marriage lasted, the financial situation of each party and each party’s ability to provide the support and maintain his or her own needs, the age and physical condition of each party, each party’s needs, the occupation and money-earning skills each party possesses, and the custodial and child support responsibilities of each party.

Although having an attorney is not required to proceed with a divorce, in order to ensure that your rights and property are protected throughout the process, we strongly encourage you to seek highly experienced legal counsel.  Our family law attorneys are experienced in cases involving large estates and multiple children; our attorneys have the requisite knowledge and expertise to successfully represent clients in even the most complex and contentious divorce cases.

To arrange a consultation with Geoffrey Hamilton or one of our experienced family law attorneys, contact Char Hamilton Yoshida & Shimomoto by e-mail or call 877-234-9119.

Check us out in Honolulu Magazine: Faces of Hawaii, The Face of Divorce Law