Family Law

What are the Residency and Filing Requirements for Divorce in Hawaii?

Petitions for divorce in Hawaii should be filed in Family Court in the circuit where the applicant lives. (Hawaii Statutes Chapter 580 Sections 1 and 41) In order to obtain a divorce in Hawaii, the applicant must have been domiciled and physically present in the state for at least 3 months prior to filing for divorce and for 6 months before a divorce decree is issued. (Hawaii Statutes Chapter 580 Section 1)