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Nationwide, the average cost of a DUI is about $15,000, when adding up both direct and indirect consequences. These costs are probably higher in Hawaii. Everything except pineapples and flowers is very expensive here. And, the Rainbow State has some of the harshest DUI laws in the country. A new law now requires tougher sentences […]
In some ways, child custody provisions in a divorce decree are nothing like property division provisions. Unless there is clear evidence of fraud or other misconduct, judges hardly ever revisit matters like retirement account division and ownership of the marital home. That’s especially true of both parties had their own Kona divorce lawyers. Child custody, […]
Most people would agree that children should not be financially punished when their parent’s divorce. So, Hawaii’s income share child support model is designed, in part, to give children the same standard of living they would have ad if their parents remained married. But over half of the nonresidential custodians in the Rainbow State do […]
The Rainbow State is one of only three jurisdictions in the country which uses the complex Melson Formula to determine child support obligations. Montana and Delaware, where Judge Elwood Melson developed this formula in the 1980s, are the other two states. This formula gives Kamuela divorce lawyers the opportunity to preserve the legal and financial […]
Hawaii is an implied consent state. Whether they know it or not, drivers give police officers permission to administer chemical tests, including the Breathalyzer, when they sign their drivers’ licenses. They may revoke that permission later, but this revocation has consequences, in the form of drivers’ license suspension.
In terms of marital property, Hawaii is an equitable distribution state. Assets, and debts, must be divided in such a way so the marriage dissolution is not an unfair financial burden for either party.
Back in ye olden days, this question was not as critical as it is today. Prior to the mid 1990s, a failed chemical test was only a presumption of intoxication. So, a Kona DUI attorney could use the full array of intoxication defenses.
In most states, spousal support is a standard component of a divorce decree. But Hawaii judges award alimony in less than 10 percent of the divorce cases in the Rainbow State.