maui family law

Navigating families through change by focusing on resolution.

Our team of attorneys is available to represent you in divorce and legal separation cases, guide you through the process of maintaining your parental rights or navigate the complexities of legally adopting a child.

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Spousal Support

A court will weigh several factors to determine whether you or your spouse are entitled to alimony or spousal support. There is no guarantee that spousal support will be awarded, but a thorough analysis is needed.

Mediation

Negotiation outside the courtroom to reach a divorce or child custody agreement that is optimal for everyone may be a good choice for those looking to avoid the expense and stress of litigation.

Property Division

Your marital assets and debts will need to be divided. Hawaii is an equitable distribution state. Accounting for property held before the marriage and gifts received during the marriage are very important to ensure a fair division of property is reached.

Post-Divorce Modifications

If circumstances change, a post-divorce decree modification may be appropriate. This may include modifying a child support order, or visitation schedule.

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Foster Custody

Foster Custody is the legal status created when DHS places a child outside of the family home with the agreement of the legal custodian or pursuant to a court order. Parental rights may be terminated if the child’s parents are not able to provide the child with a safe family home within a reasonable period of time. You must act expeditiously in order to protect your parental rights.

Family Supervision

Family Supervision is the legal status in which a child’s legal custodian is willing and able to provide a safe family home with the assistance of a service plan. The child remains in the family home with service plans tailored to parents’ individual needs. Nearly all CPS cases move to Family Supervision before being closed.

Family Court Drug Court

Family Court Drug Court is a judiciary program designed to help parents break the cycle of addiction and child abuse & neglect through monitored service delivery. Because parents are so closely monitored, there is an opportunity to have the children reunified with parents more quickly. This may be a good choice for those parents fiercely committed to sobriety and willing to work intensely.

Guardian Ad Litem

All children involved with CWS are appointed a guardian ad litem (GAL). The responsibility of the GAL in a CPS case is to ensure the child’s wishes are delivered to the court and to advocate for the child’s best interests.

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Adoption

Adoption legally formalizes your parental role and provides permanency to a child. If you are a step-parent, foster parent, same-sex couple, or family member seeking to adopt a child, our office can guide you to a happy ending.

Legal Guardianship

Our office represents those seeking guardianship of a minor child or incapacitated adult. Regardless of the circumstances, there are often times when family members or other loved ones need to step in to care for those who are unable to care for themselves.

Paternity Actions

Paternity actions are used to determine the paternity of a child, or set custody, visitation, and child support orders for unmarried partners. 

Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

Pre and postnuptial agreements protect your assets and future liability before or after marriage. Negotiating these agreements is a sensitive issue, but it could save you significant expense and lengthy disputes if a marriage ends.

Frequently Asked Questions

You must immediately act to protect your rights. After you’ve been served with a divorce petition, you have a limited amount of time to file a legal response. If you fail to act, the Court may enter a default judgment against you. Call our office immediately if you have been served with court papers of any kind.

You must immediately act to protect your rights. After you’ve been served with a divorce petition, you have a limited amount of time to file a legal response. If you fail to act, the Court may enter a default judgment against you. Call our office immediately if you have been served with court papers of any kind.

You must immediately act to protect your rights. After you’ve been served with a divorce petition, you have a limited amount of time to file a legal response. If you fail to act, the Court may enter a default judgment against you. Call our office immediately if you have been served with court papers of any kind.

You must immediately act to protect your rights. After you’ve been served with a divorce petition, you have a limited amount of time to file a legal response. If you fail to act, the Court may enter a default judgment against you. Call our office immediately if you have been served with court papers of any kind.

Our goal is always to work efficiently to get you the best result possible without unnecessary expense. Beyond legal fees, there are other unavoidable costs including filing fees, photocopying, postage, delivery fees, depositions, and transcripts.

Make an appointment as soon as possible and start gathering information. Our office will likely need income statements, bank account statements, investment account statement, retirement account statements, life insurance policy statements, real property documents, mortgage, credit card, and loan statements, wills or estate plans, recent tax returns,
and any other personal relevant documents.

There are significant issues at stake when ending a marriage. How will you divide your property? How will you divide your debt? What about retirement accounts? If you have children, who will they live with? How much child support will you be required to pay? Who will pay for their medical insurance? Having an attorney is invaluable to ensure you are protected during divorce proceedings.

The court will determine what is in the best interests of the children. Usually it is in the best interests of the child to have continuing and frequent contact with both parents. In a custody dispute, you may have a specialist carry out a custody evaluation. The more active you are in your children’s lives, the more likely the custody order will reflect equal time with the children.

If your spouse is the primary earner, it is possible to ask the Court to order that he or she pay for your legal fees. Contact our office to discuss further.

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