Take Advantage Of Our Akamai Approach To Family Law Issues

Whether you live on Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Maui or the Big Island, you may need help with a legal issue involving your family. You would benefit from discussing your situation with one of the attorneys at Coates Frey Tanimoto & Gibson. After decades of serving the people of Hawaii, our lawyers, paralegal and clerical professionals look forward to being of assistance to you through our akamai, or "hands-on," approach.

While you may not realize it, family law encompasses a variety of matters concerning Hawaii's families, including the following:

  • Divorce: This is the process of legally dissolving your marital relationship. It involves dividing your marital property, determining whether one should pay spousal support to the other, resolving child custody issues and more.
  • Child custody: This involves making determinations regarding the physical and legal custody of the children. Physical custody revolves around where the children live on a daily basis. Legal custody involves making major life decisions that affect the upbringing and well-being of your children. Most parents seek joint legal custody with the children living primarily with one parent and enjoying liberal visitation with the other parent.
  • Premarital agreements: These agreements, also called prenuptial agreements, outline the financial and property rights of each party in the event of a divorce. You may identify separate property owned before the marriage, make decisions regarding your business and more.
  • Spousal abuse and temporary restraining orders: A TRO requires the alleged abuser to refrain from certain actions such as contacting the alleged victim or causing physical harm, among other things. These orders are temporary in nature and require a hearing to make them permanent.
  • Guardianship: A guardianship gives the decision-making control of an incapacitated adult or minor to someone else. A Hawaii court will appoint a guardian only with sufficient evidence of incapacity since it essentially removes an individual's rights. The court appoints a Kokua Kanawai, or court helper, to conduct an investigation to make sure of the need for a guardianship.

To schedule a complimentary initial consultation regarding these or other family law issues, call 808-524-4854 or complete our simple contact form. From our office in Honolulu, we serve clients on all islands of Hawaii, including Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Maui and the Big Island.