What is an "uncontested divorce?
Different lawyers define the term differently. In my practice, I consider a divorce "uncontested" if the parties reach an agreement on all issues before filing the divorce action and the other party signs a divorce decree and supporting documents that I prepare for my client....READ MORE
Custody & Visitation
What is legal custody?
There is no definition of "legal custody" in Hawaii's statutes or reported court decisions. By long custom and usage, lawyers in Hawaii generally use the term to refer to the ability to make major decisions concerning a child. These decisions include....READ MORE
"Let him who desires peace prepare for war." - Flavius Vegetius Renatus
Divorce is one of the most stressful experiences an adult will encounter in life. That's true of most other family law litigation as well. Clients want it over quickly, inexpensively and fairly. That's my goal, too.
Fees & Costs
How much will my case cost?
Everyone wants to know this, but it's very hard to predict at the beginning of a case. I charge for my time, and the amount of time that will go into a case depends on the facts, as well as what you and the opposing party choose to do. Call me for a free consultation, and I will try to give you a rough estimate once I know more about your case.
Most clients want to know a little about their lawyer. Here's my story. I arrived in the Territory of Hawaii in 1959 at the age of three. My dad was an Air Force JAG officer, and after Hawaii we were posted to Washington, D.C., and Sacramento before settling in Honolulu in 1971. I graduated from Punahou in 1974, the University of Hawaii in 1977, and the University of Santa Clara Law School in 1980. I also hold a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College.
Here are some actual comments received from recent clients:
I appreciate your efforts in court . . . that aggressiveness is exactly what I need!"