Divorce Law in Hawai`i

The popular Divorce Law in Hawai`i informational program assists the public in understanding the state's divorce laws. The free sessions include an overview of custody, visitation, child support, property division, alimony and other issues related to divorce, including mediation. Attendees learn where to get more information on divorce law, how the legal process works, how to file for divorce and where to get the required forms. 

The program has been revamped to provide an equal focus on mediation to give divorcing parties the option of trying to reach an agreement outside of court in a more informal and voluntary process. Unlike litigating in court or arbitration where solutions are respectively imposed by a judge or arbitrator, in mediation, a mediator trained in facilitation and negotiation techniques helps parties craft their own mutually acceptable agreement.

Family Law attorney William C. Darrah, who has been presenting the Divorce Law in Hawaii program for 11 years, covers the “money issues” involved in a divorce such as property division, debt allocation, child support and alimony.

During the second half of the program, Tracey Wiltgen, the Executive Director of the Mediation Center of the Pacific, covers the benefits of mediation, the cost of mediation, and how to prepare for mediation.

Darrah has practiced divorce law in Hawaii for 35 years. A trained mediator, arbitrator, and settlement master, Darrah is the editor of the Hawaii State Bar Association’s Hawaii Divorce Manual and Journal of Hawaii Family Law. He has taught numerous family law education programs to judges, lawyers and members of the public since 1979.

Wiltgen has been the Executive Director of the Mediation Center of the Pacific, Inc. since 1999. The Mediation Center of the Pacific is a not-for-profit corporation that serves approximately 5,000 individuals annually. In addition to overseeing the operations of the Center, Wiltgen consults with businesses and other governmental agencies to design and develop in-house mediation and dispute resolution programs.

The seminars are held in the Supreme Court courtroom on the second floor of Ali`iolani Hale, 417 South King Street behind the King Kamehameha statue in downtown Honolulu. Sessions begin at noon and last approximately one hour. Questions are welcomed.

A video of one of the older sessions is available online.  To watch this session, you need the latest Adobe Flash Player, which is free. A video of the new program will be available sometime in the future.

View the Divorce Law in Hawai`i seminar.  [ADA compliant version of the video transcript ]
The seminar dates* are:

  • Thursday, January 16, 2014
  • Thursday, February 13, 2014
  • Thursday, March 13, 2014 
  • Thursday, April 10, 2014
  • Thursday, May 22, 2014
  • Thursday, June 26, 2014
  • Thursday, July 10, 2014
  • Thursday, August 28, 2014
  • Thursday, September 11, 2014
  • Thursday, October 9, 2014
  • Thursday, November 13, 2014
  • Thursday, December 11, 2014

*These dates are subject to change.

Metered parking is available in the surrounding area. Session dates and times are subject to change. No reservations are necessary as seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

To confirm upcoming sessions or for information concerning divorce process requirements, call the Family Court Information Center at 539-4767 or 954-8290. Questions concerning the Kids First education program can be directed to 954-8280.

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