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Honolulu Child Custody Attorneys

Giving Your Child the Best Life Possible

Reaching an intelligent resolution of child custody issues is one of the most emotionally intense aspects of divorce cases. Ideally, parents will be able to work out custody arrangements amicably. Our child custody lawyers in Honolulu will be by your side throughout the process to help you reach an agreement that works for both you and your ex and, most importantly, that benefits your child(ren).

Coates Frey Tanimoto & Gibson, AAL, LLLC attorneys are available to help you settle the emotionally charged child custody issues in your case. Call us today to review your case: (808) 518-6376.

Two Types of Custody

Divorcing spouses can decide with whom the children will live. There are two basic forms of custody: legal and physical. Each of these can, in turn, be broken down into sole or joint custody. Not surprisingly, if the parties cannot reach their own agreement on this issue, the court will enter an order awarding custody, and often if left to the court's discretion, neither party is too happy about the results.

  • Legal Custody: Legal custody centers on decision-making authority. It refers to the decision-making process as to exactly how the child(ren) will be raised. This includes choices on educational, medical, religious, and other major issues in the child’s life. It does not, however, include day-to-day or routine parental decisions.
  • Physical Custody: Physical custody generally focuses on the child’s actual residence and the parental time-sharing and visitation schedules. Physical custody refers to where the child will physically live and which parent the child will live with. Physical custody may be "sole" or "joint." If "sole," the child resides primarily with one parent. If "joint," the child resides with each parents on a relatively equal basis.

The parent who does not have sole physical custody usually has “reasonable” visitation rights. In other words, he or she can see the children during certain scheduled times (often alternating weekends). If the parents cannot agree, the court will set up a visitation schedule.

Our lawyers will help you obtain and maintain reasonable visitation and custody in your case. Contact us for assistance today. We proudly serve Oahu and the neighboring islands.

Can I Move After I Get Divorced?

Sharing custody of children can be challenging enough when both parents live on the same island. When a custodial parent wishes to move, it can have a profound effect on the child(ren) and their relationship with the other parent.

In Hawaii, a parent with primary physical custody of children usually needs approval from the other parent or the court before he or she can move the child(ren) off the island. If the other parent is opposed to the move, the relocating parent needs to prove that the move is in the best interests of the child(ren).

Our attorneys at Coates Frey Tanimoto & Gibson, AAL, LLLC often represent parents who want to move away with the child(ren). We also represent parents who oppose an ex’s relocation request.

Modifying Visitation After a Move

If a primary custodial parent moves, the parents will need to draft a new custody and visitation order. There are a lot of options when it comes to long-distance visitation that can ensure that both parents receive quality time with children. For example, you may request fewer but longer visits. Virtual visitation via video chat may also be a part of your visitation order.

For more information regarding relocation after divorce and how it may affect your custody orders, call our Honolulu custody attorneys at (808) 518-6376.

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  • Family Minded, Solutions Focused

    We are here to help you come to an amicable resolution as efficiently as possible. Our collaborative approach provides results in a timely manner.

  • Helping Clients On All Islands

    Each of our attorneys devotes a significant amount of time on different Hawaiian islands. Whether you're on the Big Island or Kauai, you have us on your side.

  • Highly Experienced Team in Family Law

    From our newest paralegal to our most experienced attorneys, you'll have someone who understands the ins and outs of family law in every circuit and every family law courtroom in our Island State.

  • Wrote the Book About Divorce in Hawaii

    Our team holds the principles of Divorce With Decency close. This book is referenced by legal professionals in our Island State.

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