Hawaii Family Law

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1.State statute Chapter 580 Annulment, Divorce, & Separation  
2. Fault or no-fault (typically when a state allows fault based and no-fault divorce, fault based divorces require no separation period. No-fault or living separate and apart for 2 years.
3. Equitable distribution or community property Equitable Distribution
a. Methods of apportionment
i. Periera and Van Camp in CA
b. Property distribution factors HAW. Rev. Stat. § 580-47
4. Legal separation? Yes
a. Waiting period/Separation period 2 Years
5. Is mediation required Not always required
6. Forms used Hawaii divorce forms
7. Alimony guidelines and factors Title 31 580-47
Alimony formula None
a. Types Permanent is rare, temporary is either transitional or rehabilitative
b. Term Limits Permanent support rare unless spouse with poor employment prospects due to age or health.  Title 31 580-47
Cohabitation Court will take cohabitation into account when deciding whether to reduce or end alimony after looking at how much the supported spouse’s living expenses have fallen due to the new living arrangement.   All rights to receive maintenance shall terminate after remarriage, unless the final decree or order, or an agreement of the parties approved by he final decree or order, provides specifically for the payments to continue after such remarriage HI ST § 580-51
c. Imputing income Income may be imputed when unemployed or underemployed
d. Change in circumstances Title 31 580-47
e. Ceases on retirement
Impute income on early retirement
Early retirement for health reasons is involuntary
f. Definition of income Hawaii Admin Rules
8. Child support factors and guidelines Hawaii Child Support Guidelines and Worksheets
9. Child support calculator Hawaii Child Support Guidelines and Worksheets
10. Lump Sum  Support allowed? Yes
11. Valuation
a. Valuation date Separation
b. Goodwill divisibility Personal goodwill is not divisible.  Enterprise goodwill is divisible. - Antolik v. Harvey, 761 P.2d 305, 319 (Haw. Ct. App. 1988)
c. Standard of value Fair market value
d. Discounts Allowed
e. Shareholder/partner agreements
 12. Double dip  Impermissable double dip, not issue because personal goodwill not divisible
 a. Stock options  
 b. Retirement accounts  
 c. Child support
 13. Key cases  
 14. Premarital agreements  Uniform Pre-Marital Agreement Act adopted.  Parties to a premarital agreement may contract with respect to the modification or elimination of spousal support HI ST § 572D-3
 15. Common law  No


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