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Divorce Law in Hawai`i

The Family Court’s monthly Divorce Law in Hawaii public education program at the Supreme Court begins its 16th year in January 2017. Started in 2002 as a companion to the Family Court’s Kids First program, Divorce Law in Hawaii covers custody, property division, child support and alimony, the difference between a contested divorce and uncontested divorce, all the ways to settle a divorce, and additional resources available to divorcing spouses.

William C. Darrah, Esq., an attorney in private practice, addresses the law and process of divorce, divorce settlement options, and ways to resolve a divorce with a minimum of conflict and expense. Tracey Wiltgen, Esq., the executive director of the Mediation Center of the Pacific, describes mediation as a divorce settlement option, and what happens in a divorce mediation at MCP.

Divorce Law in Hawai‘i will be conducted on-site at the Family Court located at First Circuit Family Court Kapolei Court Complex, 4675 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei, Hawaii. The presentation begins at 12:15 p.m., and lasts for an hour. Check-in with the bailiff on the 3rd floor. The 2018 Kapolei sessions are held on the following Wednesdays:

May 16
June 20
July 18
August 15
September 19
October 17
November 21

Divorce Law in Hawai‘i is presented in the Hawai‘i Supreme Court courtroom on the second floor of Ali iolani Hale (makai of the statue of King Kamehameha and across the street from Iolani Palace), 417 S. King St., Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96813.  The presentation begins at noon, and lasts for an hour. 

  May 10
  June 14
  July 12, 2018 – in the
Judiciary History Center’s 1913 Courtroom, 417 S. King St., Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
August 23
  September 13
  October 11
  November 8
  December 13 – in the
Judiciary History Center’s 1913 Courtroom, 417 S. King St., Honolulu, Hawaii

These dates are subject to change.

View video and print handouts for the Divorce Law in Hawai`i seminar. 


In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, and other applicable state and federal laws, if you require an accommodation for a disability, when working with a court program, service or activity, please contact the ADA Coordinator at the First Circuit Court, Family Court office by telephone 954-8200, facsimile 954-8308, or via email at least ten (10) working days before the activity date.

The Hawai`i State Judiciary does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information provided by the speakers. The speaker’s remarks do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Hawaiʻi State Judiciary. The information provided is a general overview of basic legal concepts, and is not intended as legal advice for any specific person or situation.