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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 18th year in January 2019. 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 is presented in the Hawai‘i Supreme Court courtroom on the second floor of Aliiolani 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.

January 9, (Location changed to the 1913 Courtroom of the Judicial History Center, 1st Floor of Aliiolani Hale)

February 13

March 18 – CANCELED

April 9 – CANCELED


June 25 – CANCELED


August 13 – CANCELED

A video of the “Divorce Law in Hawaii” presentation and downloadable copies of handouts are available online at:

September 10 – CANCELED

October 8 – CANCELED

November 4 – CANCELED

December 16 – CANCELED

These dates are subject to change.

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 2020 Kapolei sessions are held on the following Wednesdays:

To Be Announced

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.