How to File For Divorce in Hawaii
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- OFFICIAL -

HOW TO FILE FOR DIVORCE IN HAWAII

- STEP BY STEP GUIDE -

STEP 1 - 2 ways to download the required Hawaii divorce papers:

Option A - BLANK HAWAII DIVORCE PAPERS

Option B - HAVE DIVORCE PAPERS FILLED IN FOR YOU!

  • $299 Professional Service

STEP 2 - The Spouse that has decided to file for divorce must complete the following forms and be sure to have them filed with the Court Clerk's Office on the Island where you reside and pay the $160 filing fee:

  • Hawaii Complaint for Divorce
  • Summons
  • Matrimonial Action Information Sheet

STEP 3 - You must inform your spouse of the filing by sending copies of the filed documents (above) and the Appearance and Waiver. You and your spouse will have to meet or you will have to have your spouse send the Appearance and Waiver back to you so that you can deliver the form to the clerk.

*IF YOU HAVE MINOR CHILDREN - Schedule a time to meet with your spouse in order to go to the parental education classes required by the State of Hawaii. Upon completion, you will be given a certificate of completion which you will need to file with the clerk as well as with the forms in the next step.

STEP 4 - You will have to negotiate the terms of the assets and debts the both of you have by jointly filling out and completing the following forms together.

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REQUIREMENTS

  • Either party must be a resident of Hawaii for at least 6 months. (if you were married in Hawaii you must divorce in the State where you currently reside).
  • The only cause for divorce is 'Irretrievable Breakdown'.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

  • A divorce in Hawaii takes a minimum of 4 months
  • Asset and Debt Statement Form
  • Affidavit of Plaintiff for Uncontested Divorce (if children including Supplemental Affidavit for child support)
  • Certificate of Absolute Divorce or Annulment
  • Child Support Guideline Worksheets (if children)
  • Divorce Decree
  • Income and Expense Statement of Defendant
  • Income and Expense Statement of Plaintiff (Plaintiff = filer of divorce)
  • Separation of Property Settlement Agreement

STEP 5 - Call the clerk's office and check to see the nearest times where they are screening the divorce documents. File the documents with the clerk's office along with 2 self-addressed envelopes (addresses of both spouses). In Hawaii, there is a good chance you will not have a court hearing scheduled, rather, the Judge will sign your Divorce Decree and sent it to each spouse.

At this time your divorce is complete in the State of Hawaii.

 

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