We ‘Wrote The Book’ On Divorce In Hawaii
Helping Divorcing Parents With Their Custody Concerns
If you are preparing to go through the divorce process and have children, they are probably your biggest concern right now. You just want to make sure that they end up in a good place when all is said and done. The attorneys at Coates Frey Tanimoto & Gibson understand that divorce is hard on the whole family and will do everything possible to assist you in achieving a custody and visitation agreement that keeps your family’s unique needs in mind.
What Are The Custody Options In Hawaii?
Courts in Hawaii prefer that following the dissolution of marriage, parents share custody of their children. There are a number of ways to do this. The goal is just to make sure that each parent achieves quality time with the children. Unless there are strong reasons not to, both parents should jointly make decisions about how their children are raised.
The courts do understand that sometimes shared custody agreements do not serve the best interests of the children. You may seek sole physical and/or legal custody of your children if the other parent has a history of abuse, addiction or neglect, or if he or she is simply not in a position to care for them.
Our lawyers can help you negotiate and draft a detailed custody plan that is clear in its goals and offers your family what it needs to work on moving forward in its new dynamic.
What Happens If Parents Cannot Agree On A Custody Agreement?
If for some reason you and your spouse are not able to agree on a child custody arrangement, a judge may have the final say on the matter. However, courts encourage parents to try to work out a custody agreement. At the end of the day, you, as parents, know your children better than anyone else.
If you and your ex cannot agree, for whatever the reason, our attorneys will gather as much information as possible to help the court make an informed decision and issue a custody order that will serve your children’s best interests.
Get Answers To Your Custody Questions
If you have questions about how child custody and visitation work in Hawaii, the knowledgeable staff at Coates Frey Tanimoto & Gibson can provide the answers you need. Call us for a complimentary consultation at 808-524-4854 or reach out to us online. From our office in Honolulu, we serve clients on all islands of Hawaii, including Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Maui and the Big Island.