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Hawaii is often a favorite destination for weddings and honeymoons because of its tropical scenery and Polynesian cultural flair. Regardless of whether you're a resident of the Aloha State, though, any family matters or issues that occur on its beaches are under the jurisdiction of Hawaii's family laws. If you're getting married in Hawaii, you're subject to its marriage laws.
If you have a family law case in Honolulu, Pearl City, Mililani or elsewhere in Hawaii, LawInfo is your source for information and legal help. LawInfo's Hawaii Family Law section includes legal overviews, summaries of state laws and other resources to help you make the right decisions for you and your family.
If you need help navigating the complex laws governing your case, a Hawaii family law attorney can help and treat your case with the sensitivity it deserves.
Divorce may be the last thing on your mind when you're wedding is coming up but it can be important to think about early on. Should you and your partner ever divorce, you may not be in the best state of mind when you both have to make important decisions regarding your property and debts. A premarital agreement can help keep things civil and on track if you ever get divorced.
A premarital agreement is written by and agreed upon by both parties to a marriage prior to the marriage ceremony. Once your marriage is solemnized, the agreement takes effect and may only be amended or revoked during the marriage with the signatures of both parties. Premarital agreements can't adversely affect child support rights, so child support decisions aren't usually included in the agreement.
A Hawaii premarital agreement can express both parties' wishes in regards to their rights and obligations to real, personal and financial property, debts and life insurance benefits. This includes how the property and debts will be divided between the parties upon divorce. The agreement may also modify or eliminate spousal support.
Even if you're from out of town and you're getting married in Hawaii, you must abide by Hawaii's legal marriage requirements. Those requirements serve to protect the rights of each party to a marriage, especially when it comes to consent and the family's welfare. Hawaii's marriage requirements prohibit certain marriages, including:
Hawaii allows for "no-fault" divorces, which means that the party filing for divorce (the petitioner) doesn't need to state a specific fault from the other party (the respondent) as the reason for the divorce. A no-fault divorce won't influence the court's decisions for alimony (called "maintenance" in Hawaii) or the division of marital property. Marital fault may influence the court's decision for child custody rights, however.
A no-fault divorce may be granted if the court finds that:
Even the most common family law issue can be intensely stressful. A knowledgeable family lawyer can guide you through the process. An attorney will coach you on how to proceed and give expert guidance on hearings, trials and enforcing court orders. Take the first step now and talk to an experienced local family attorney.