Honolulu Mediation Lawyer

Alternatives to Divorce & Family Law Issues

When going through a divorce, many people wish to avoid court and instead look for the fastest, most peaceful solution possible. A Honolulu mediation attorney, or mediator, can help you find the right solution for your unique situation. At Smith & Sturdivant, LLLC, we have more than a decade of experience handling complex family law matters, including divorce, child support, guardianship, and more. We understand that every family is different, which is why we work directly with you throughout the mediation process, working to understand your unique goals and advocating for your rights from start to finish.

Find out if divorce or family law mediation might benefit you—call (808) 201-3898 today to schedule your free consultation.

Why Choose Mediation?

There are many reasons to choose mediation over litigation when it comes to your legal family matter. The main advantage of mediation is that the resolution of your case will not be decided by a judge or jury. Instead, each side’s representing mediator will work to facilitate a fair agreement that protects the best interests of each individual. Mediation does not require evidence to be produced and it does not result in an order of how to resolve a particular dispute.

In many cases, mediation can be more ideal than litigation because it can be:

  • Faster – Resolutions are often more quickly agreed upon during mediation than litigation.
  • Less expensive – Because it takes less time and involvement, mediation can be a cheaper option.
  • Less complicated – Both parties agree upon mutual solutions, making this a more straightforward option.
  • More agreeable – The actual parties involved reach a solution, not a judge or jury.
  • More creative – The involved parties can find a personalized solution that works for them.

Is Mediation Required for a Divorce in Hawaii?

Hawaii family courts do require both spouses to attempt to resolve their differences and come to a divorce settlement through mediation before filing a motion for a trial. You must certify with the family court that you did attempt mediation before pursuing a contested divorce.​​​​​

Meditation is one of the most used methods of negotiating a divorce settlement. While it is not for everyone, it is required by the court system in Hawaii.

How a Mediation Attorney Can Help You

Mediation works best for individuals who are likely to agree on all aspects of a separation, divorce, or another legal family issue. This means that you will have to come to a mutual resolution on matters such as child support, custody, alimony, and more. Our Honolulu mediators can help you determine if mediation is the right solution for your circumstances. We are committed to helping individuals navigate stressful situations, offering caring legal counsel and answers to your questions as we navigate the family law process on your behalf.

Local Support for Family Law Mediation in Honolulu

Living in Honolulu, we understand the unique challenges families face in our community. The local government, including the Hawaii State Judiciary and the Family Court of the First Circuit, provides resources to help residents navigate family law issues. While we are not directly affiliated with these entities, we are well-versed in their processes and requirements, ensuring you receive informed guidance throughout your mediation journey.

One common pain point for Honolulu residents is the high cost of living, which can make the financial aspects of divorce and child support particularly stressful. Mediation offers a more affordable alternative to traditional litigation, helping you resolve without the added financial burden. Additionally, the close-knit nature of our island community means that maintaining amicable relationships is often a priority. Mediation fosters a cooperative environment, allowing both parties to work together towards a mutually beneficial agreement.

At Smith & Sturdivant, LLLC, we are deeply familiar with the local landscape and the specific needs of Honolulu families. Whether dealing with child custody arrangements or alimony disputes, our mediation services are designed to provide the support and solutions you need. We are committed to helping you navigate these challenging times with compassion and understanding, ensuring that your family's best interests are always at the forefront.

Contact us at (808) 201-3898 to learn more about how Smith & Sturdivant, LLLC, can advocate for you through the mediation process!

Commonly Asked Questions

What are the benefits of choosing a Honolulu mediation attorney for divorce proceedings?

Choosing a Honolulu mediation attorney for divorce proceedings offers several benefits. Mediation is typically faster than litigation, as resolutions can be agreed upon more quickly. It's also less expensive due to reduced time and involvement. The process is less complicated since both parties work towards mutual solutions. Additionally, it's more agreeable because the involved parties, not a judge or jury, reach the resolution. Lastly, mediation allows for more creative and personalized solutions that cater to the specific needs and interests of the individuals involved.

Is family law mediation a cost-effective alternative to traditional litigation in Hawaii?

Yes, family law mediation is often a more cost-effective alternative to traditional litigation in Hawaii. Mediation generally takes less time and requires less involvement from legal professionals, which can significantly reduce the costs associated with resolving family law issues such as divorce, child support, and custody. By facilitating a fair agreement between the parties, mediation avoids the lengthy and expensive process of a trial, making it a preferred choice for many seeking an amicable and financially sensible resolution.
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