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Divorce Arbitration

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Family Law Arbitrators

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The Family Law Tribunal of DPR (FLT)

Matrimonial, Estate, and Other Family Matters
in Downtown Honolulu

Dignified, Rational Processes for Resolving Family Matters Fairly, Swiftly, Economically, and Successfully.
Enduring Solutions Which Are Legally Appropriate, Economically Feasible, and Personally Acceptable.

The Challenge

Our legal system is an adversarial system. It is the worst possible way to resolve disputes between family members, because the system itself assumes that people are adversaries and processes them as such -- whether people really are adversaries, whether they wish to be adversaries, or whether it even makes sense for them to be adversaries. The assumed adversarial nature of their relationship can easily become a self-fulfilling prophecy. In short, the very system that parties turn to for resolution of disputes forces them to act as adversaries, which makes their disputes worse.

Compounding that problem is the fact that here, as in many other states, our Family Court is under-funded and under-staffed, operating out of inconvenient, uncomfortable, over-crowded facilities. Despite the best efforts of our dedicated Family Court judges, this results in loss of privacy, delays in scheduling, wasted time (and expense) driving to court, waiting for hearings, pressure to shorten hearings, and other frustrations that are inevitably endemic to the system.

The Solution: Use the services of FLT before, during, or even after litigation.

FLT provides a full range of services to help families make decisions about family matters – like divorce, custody and visitation, property division, estate planning, surrogate decision-making, etc. When people can resolve issues in ways they select themselves, there is less destructive conflict impacting them, their finances, their relatives, their friends, their business associates, and their children. We take pride in providing a variety of services and people to help you do that.

FLT is able to schedule hearings swiftly and at times that work best for parties. Hearings are held when scheduled without wasting attorney and client time waiting around. Our comfortable, convenient, user-friendly facilities include large hearing rooms, waiting rooms, and a coffee/tea lounge area. Our case manager staff is accessible, friendly, and helpful. FLT provides a dignified, respectful environment conducive to achieving satisfactory solutions with the help of our Family Law mediation and arbitration professionals.

FLT offers a variety of services including:
  1. Traditional Mediation with a Family Law expert -- working on an hourly basis -- to help parties reach agreements satisfactory to both/all. See "Divorce Mediation Basics" under "Links" below.
  2. Arbitration (choice of binding or advisory) for all family matters (including full divorce or limited pre-decree or post-decree issues).
  3. Divorce Settlement Master Service
  4. Discovery Master Service. Note: All FLT neutrals and other DPR neutrals are available for Discovery Master services in FLT matters.
  5. Dispute resolution processes tailored for specific family needs.
Inquiries concerning DPR's Family Law Services may be directed to Jim Hoenig

  1. "Divorce Mediation Basics" article from The Practical Lawyer (Read this to see how mediation can work for you).
  2. Advantages of Mediation
  3. How to make mediation work for you
  4. Pre-Marital Agreements
  5. Our Family Law Mediators (resumes):
  6. Divorce Arbitration
  7. Advantages of Arbitration
  8. Our Family Law Arbitrators (resumes):
  9. Hawaii Divorce Manual (2005) Section 16 "Alternatives to Litigation" (This is the divorce practitioners "guidebook," and section 16 includes detailed explanations of Mediation and Arbitration alternatives.)
  10. Hawaii Divorce Law an overview of divorce law and practices.
  11. All About Alimony
  12. Blank forms (you can print out, fill out, and submit) for the following:
    Information Sheet
    Asset & Debt Statement
    Income and Expense Statement
  13. DPR's Family Law Deposit Policy
  14. FLT Rules for the conduct of:

Have questions or need further information? E-mail
Kelly Bryant
Tel: 523-1234