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Jamie Kurtz has been a practicing divorce lawyer since 2008. She received her Juris Doctorate from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles in 2007. Ms. Kurtz was selected to Rising Stars for 2013 - 2016, 2019 - 2020, a peer designation awarded only to a select number of accomplished attorneys in each state. She also co-founded a law firm that specializes in uncontested divorce cases.

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Online Divorce in Hawaii

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For those seeking an inexpensive divorce in the state of Hawaii, online divorce is an easy, affordable and fast solution. Online divorce may be appropriate for couples who have an uncontested case.

The step-by-step process of preparing divorce documents at Onlinedivorce.com makes it easy for you. We help prepare all of the necessary divorce forms and provide detailed written instructions on how to file your divorce in Hawaii.

Our divorce documents preparation service can be a perfect solution for those who want to have their divorce papers completed quickly and without stress. Even though Hawaii has unique divorce forms and filing requirements, our online system provides the exact forms necessary along with instructions on how to file. We have helped thousands of people prepare their divorce documents for filing.

If you and your spouse agree on the terms of the divorce and want an amicable dissolution to your marriage, why should the process get drawn out, and why should you spend money on lawyers? Online divorce is often cheaper, quicker and easier.

Online divorce can be a perfect option if you want to save money or hope to have your divorce finalized quickly to get on with your life. Preparing documents for divorce online in Hawaii is fast becoming very popular because you can complete the documents in the comfort of your home.

Even if you think your case is too complex because you have children, own your own home, or have other assets, you may still be able to prepare your documents online. Just start with our simple questionnaire, and we’ll provide you instructions for each step of the way.

The process at OnlineDivorce.com is 100% secure. We protect your information, and nothing is filed until you submit the divorce papers to the courthouse yourself. Filing for divorce in Hawaii with the Onlinedivorce.com system can be a simple solution to a difficult situation.


When you use OnlineDivorce.com, we help you fill out your divorce paperwork using a simple online questionnaire. You can fill it out alone or with the assistance of your spouse. Then, after getting the other spouse’s signature, the divorce forms may be filed at the local court.

In Hawaii, you will typically file with the courthouse in the county in which you currently reside. If a petitioner is not currently a resident but a defendant is, the documents should be filed in the county where the defendant resides.

The actual filing process is explained in our detailed court-filing instructions that we provide, along with your completed divorce forms. You can also obtain assistance from your local courthouse by calling or stopping by.

After the initial filing, you may need to follow up if there are any issues with your documents. When you use OnlineDivorce.com, we allow you to make small adjustments to your forms as requested by the court at no additional charge. Our goal is to help you obtain your divorce with as little hassle and stress as possible using our online divorce documents preparation service.


Every state has specific requirements where divorcing couples must establish residency before filing for divorce. Hawaii is no exception.

To file for divorce in Hawaii, either spouse must have lived in the state for at least three months prior to filing. The divorce will not be granted until a spouse has lived in the state for at least six months.

There are many ways to prove that residency has been established. The easiest way is if one or both spouses have a valid and current Hawaii driver’s license, ID card or voter’s registration card issued at least three months before filing for divorce.

If this is not the case, it may be possible to establish residency by having someone who knows you or your spouse testify that you have lived in the state for at least three months. Additionally, it may be possible to use an Affidavit of Corroborating Witness form as proof you’ve lived in the state for a minimum of three months.

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Valid grounds to get divorce in Hawaii

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Grounds for an online divorce using OnlineDivorce.com are the same as they would be for any divorce within the State of Hawaii. Grounds are merely the reason for divorce, and the state must approve them.


No-fault grounds for dissolution of marriage in Hawaii include:


  • An irretrievable breakdown of the marriage with no expectation of reconciliation and
  • Living separate and apart without any cohabitation for a minimum of two years in a case where it would not be considered too harsh or oppressive to the defending spouse to grant the divorce. [Hawaii Revised Statutes; 580-41]

General reasons for divorce in Hawaii include:


  • Legal separation for at least 2 years during which there has been no reconciliation or significant attempt at reconciliation.
  • Legal separation under a decree of separation with no reconciliation attempts or prospects after the period of separation expired. [Hawaii Revised Statutes; 580-41]

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Custody of the child in Hawaii

Custody of the child

In the state of Hawaii, joint legal, joint physical or sole child custody can and will be awarded to either or both of the parents or another person entirely based upon what would be in the best interests of the child or children and upon the wishes of a sufficiently mature child.

The parent who has previously had custody of the child in a happy and healthy home and is considered an overall proper parent is assumed to be the preferred custodian. Joint custody is allowed if it is arranged to assure the child’s continuing contact with both parents.

The court can order an official child custody investigation and report if it is deemed relevant to the particular case. Grandparents or other significant family members may be awarded visitation.

Family violence committed by a parent will raise the presumption that it would not be in the child’s best interests for the parent to have custody. There are no other specific factors for consideration set out in this statute. [Hawaii Revised Statutes; Title 571, Chapter 46]

Rules for child support in Hawaii

Hawaii’s standard child support rules and regulations will apply in almost every divorce case, barring extraordinary circumstances. Both parents’ gross incomes and some child-related expenses will be considered as the child support is calculated. Child support continues until the child reaches age 18 and may extend until the completion of secondary education in some cases.

The court can at times order both or either parents to provide child support in an equitable manner. Factors that would be considered include:

  • Earnings and existing resources of the parents;
  • The potential earnings and reasonable necessities as well as borrowing capacity of the parents;
  • The continuing needs of the children;
  • The amount of public aid the children could be eligible to receive without any child support;
  • Any additional dependents of the parents;
  • Incentives given to both parents to work;
  • Attempts to balance the standards of living of the parents to avoid placing either parent below the poverty line; and
  • Attempts at avoiding an extreme change in either parent’s income.

If a parent with school-age children could work and chooses not to, 30 hours of minimum wage income would be added to that parent’s assumed income.

There are additional official Child Support Regulations set out in the state statute. [Hawaii Revised Statutes; Title 576D, Chapter 7 and Title 580, Chapter 47]

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Rules for spousal support in Hawaii

Rules for spousal support

Alimony, which is sometimes referred to as spousal support, is sometimes ordered by the court to help one spouse live and comfortably exist in a manner established during the marriage after the divorce. Assistance can be decided upon by the couple together or awarded by the court in a contested marriage dissolution case.

Long-term or short-term maintenance can be awarded by the court to help the receiving spouse to begin to support his or herself after the divorce. In Hawaii, Infidelity and marital misconduct are not factors that are considered. The factors considered include:

  • The standard of living that the couple enjoyed during the course of the marriage;
  • The length of the marriage;
  • If the spouse who would pay support could meet his or her own needs while still providing support for the other spouse;
  • The ability of the spouse who seeks support to meet any needs on an independent basis;
  • A comparative financial picture of the spouses;
  • Overall needs of both spouses;
  • The current age of the spouses;
  • The overall conditions of the spouses;
  • The occupation of both of the spouses at the time of the marriage;
  • Any vocational skills as well as the employability of the party who seeks support and maintenance;
  • The assumed duration of such a need of the party who seeks maintenance;
  • Child support and custodial responsibilities;
  • The ability of the spouse who would pay support to support his or her self as well as still meeting the needs of the spouse who seeks support;
  • Other factors that measure the financial condi­tion of the spouses after the divorce; and
  • Any other reason that measures the overall financial picture of the spouses and helps determine the final maintenance award. [Hawaii Revised Statutes; 580-47]

Property division in Hawaii

Property division

Hawaii is considered to be an “equitable distribution” state. The court will distribute all property of the two spouses, to include community, joint, and separate property, in a manner they believe to be equitable and just, based on the following factors:

  • The burdens which would be imposed upon the spouses for the benefit of a child or the children;
  • The position that each spouse will be in after the dissolution of the marriage;
  • The relative positions and abilities of the spouses;
  • The respective merits that the spouses present; and
  • Any and all other circumstances. [Hawaii Revised Statutes; 580-47]

In an uncontested case, the spouses may make property distribution decisions independently, without the court’s involvement.

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Mediation support in Hawaii

In Hawaii, The Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution offers a voluntary resolution of disputes between divorcing spouses. They may opt for private mediation if so desired, which can be started at any time, before or after the filing of the divorce proceedings. These options are designed to help the divorce process move through the court system in a smooth and stress-free manner.

For those seeking to prepare their divorce papers using OnlineDivorce.com, utilizing divorce mediation can be a great tool to smooth out disagreements and prevent the case from going to court. It can be the simplest way to assure a fast, easy and affordable online divorce.

Divorce forms in Hawaii

Hawaii forms produced by OnlineDivorce.com are court-approved divorce forms. We have automated the process of filling them out to simplify matters and avoid any difficulties that may occur with filling out paperwork alone. By utilizing OnlineDivorce.com, you can streamline the process of preparing divorce documents and help both parties to move forward with their lives.

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Filing fees for divorce in Hawaii

When you file your divorce papers, the court will charge filing fees that may vary by county. These costs are in addition to the cost of using OnlineDivorce.com. Please check with your local courthouse to determine the exact amount.

How long will it take?

Using the OnlineDivorce.com service usually takes between 30 minutes and two hours or more, depending on the complexity of your case. Start by filling out the questionnaire. You can do it in one sitting or save your progress and complete it at a later date. Whatever is most convenient for you.

Once you’ve received the completed documents, you will need to file them and get your spouse’s signature. More information regarding the finalization of the divorce case is provided once the paperwork has been completed and submitted to the court.

Here is how OnlineDivorce.com makes completing divorce papers easier:

  • We provide the full divorce packet required by the local court - clients do not need to drive to their local courthouse to get the blank forms or search for the right divorce forms online. In rare cases, local county forms can vary in color, paper material, size, or bar code, so they may need to be obtained directly from the county clerk's office.
  • We complete the necessary forms for clients based on their answers given in a simple guided online interview - clients do not need to understand family law or read through complicated instructions to figure out how to fill out the forms themselves.
  • We give detailed, easy to follow step-by-step instructions for filing a divorce with the court - so the client knows exactly what to do to get his/her divorce finalized.
  • We provide unlimited technical support - if a client needs assistance through the online process, he/she can always reach out to us via phone, email, or live chat, and we'll do our best to help.
  • We save our clients time and money - if divorcing spouses agree regarding the terms of their divorce, they typically don’t have to pay thousands to a lawyer to handle their divorce forms and don't need to spend hours trying to do it all by themselves.
  • We guarantee 100% court approval on divorce papers prepared through our website or your money back - we have 21 years of experience in completing divorce forms so clients can be sure the court will accept their documents without issues.