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Self-Help Centers & Access to Justice Rooms

The Hawaii Court Self-Help Centers and Access to Justice Rooms are a joint effort of the Hawaii State Judiciary, the Hawaii Access To Justice Commission, the Hawaii State Bar Association, local bar associations, and the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii to help self-represented litigants better understand their rights and the court process. This is a free program provided by the help of volunteer attorneys.

How a Custodial Parent Can Get an Accounting Form of Child Support

This brochure provides helpful guidelines for custodial parents (parents who have custody) to request a child support accounting form from the Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA).

How a Non-Custodial Parent Can Get an Accounting Form of Child Support

This brochure provides helpful guidelines for non-custodial parents (parents who do not have custody) to request a child support accounting form from the Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA).

Mediation on Hawaii Island - Hilo

Ku'ikahi Mediation Center provides a variety of dispute prevention and resolution services to our East Hawaii community. We help individuals, families, organizations, businesses, schools, and others to find creative solutions to challenging situations.

Mediation on Hawaii Island - Kona

West Hawaii Mediation Center strives to provide an array of high quality conflict resolution services to community members and organizations throughout West Hawaii.

Mediation on Kauai

Mediation Services from Kauai Economic Opportunity (KEO) can address a number of issues. Mediators from the agency facilitate dispute resolution in a confidential, informal and non-threatening manner, with the aim of avoiding court proceedings or preventing evictions.

Mediation on Maui

Maui Mediation Services, Inc. was established in 1982 to provide creative and appropriate ways of resolving disputes

Mediation on Oahu

Mediation Center of the Pacific's mission is to provide high quality mediation and dispute resolution services that are affordable and accessible on the island of Oahu.

Family Court Forms for Hawaii Island

Download family court forms for divorce, custody, child support, and temporary restraining orders for Hawaii Island (Third Circuit)

Family Court Forms for Maui

View and download family court forms for divorce, custody, temporary restraining orders, adoption, guardianship, and paternity on Maui (Second Circuit).

Family Court Forms for Oahu

View and download family court forms for divorce, custody, child support, temporary restraining orders, adoption, guardianship, and paternity on Oahu (First Circuit)

How to request a Fee Waiver in Family Court

In Family Court, most cases require paying a court filing fee. In some circumstances, you can have the fee waived, which means you do not have to pay. This brochure explains how to request a fee waiver in Family Court.

Instructions and Forms for Pre-Decree and Post-Decree Motion Filings

Pre-Decree Relief forms are used to obtain temporary orders while a divorce is happening. Post-Decree Relief forms are used to change an existing order from a divorce decree that was just entered.

Self-Help Centers & Access to Justice Rooms

The Hawaii Court Self-Help Centers and Access to Justice Rooms are a joint effort of the Hawaii State Judiciary, the Hawaii Access To Justice Commission, the Hawaii State Bar Association, local bar associations, and the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii to help self-represented litigants better understand their rights and the court process. This is a free program provided by the help of volunteer attorneys.

Self-Help Form: Ex Parte Motion and Declaration to Advance or Expedite Hearing

Use this interactive interview to assist you in completing either 1) A motion requesting that the court move your hearing to an earlier date (Advance Hearing) OR 2) A motion requesting that the court speeds up the time it normally takes to receive and consider a response (Expedite Hearing).

Self-Help Form: Motion and Affidavit to Waive Filing Fees - Oahu (First Circuit)

Use this interactive interview to complete the form asking the court to waive your filing fees because you cannot afford to pay such costs. This could be used for Family Court cases where there are filing fees including Divorce, Paternity, Adoption and Guardianship.

Self-Help Form: Motion and Declaration for Post Decree Relief

Use this interactive interview if you want to complete a Motion and Declaration for Post Decree Relief in Family Court requesting the court to modify or make changes to a Divorce Decree.

Self-Help Form: Motion and Declaration for Post Decree Relief - Maui (Second Circuit)

Use this interactive interview if you want to complete a Motion and Declaration for Post Decree Relief requesting the court to modify or make changes to a Divorce Decree entered in Family Court of the Second Circuit.

Self-Help Form: Paternity Modification Part 2 - Oahu (First Circuit)

Use this interactive interview if you would like to complete the last form required to request relief (modification/enforcement of existing custody, visitation, and child support orders) after a paternity judgment has been entered and if you will file in Family Court of the First Circuit (Oahu).

Self-Help Form: Paternity Modification Part 1 - Oahu (First Circuit)

Use this interactive interview if you would like to complete the first set of forms required to request relief (modification/enforcement of existing custody, visitation, and child support orders) after a paternity judgment has been entered and if you will file in Family Court of the First Circuit (Oahu).

Self-Help Form: Petition for Paternity or for Custody, Visitation, and Support Orders after VEP Part 1 - Oahu (First Circuit)

Use this interactive interview if you would like to begin the court process of paternity and will file in Family Court of the First Circuit (Oahu).

Self-Help Form: Petition for Paternity or for Custody, Visitation, Support Orders after VEP - Maui (Second Circuit)

Use this interactive interview if you would like to petition for Custody, Visitation, and Support Orders after Voluntary Establishment of Paternity and will file in Family Court of the Second Circuit (Maui).

Self-Help Form: Proposed Parenting Plan

Use this interactive interview if you would like to complete the court form for a Proposed Parenting Plan to be submitted in either a Divorce or Custody court case in the State of Hawaii.

Video: Resources for Court Users

This video provides information about resources available to court users including court self-help centers, language services, mediation, and accommodations for people with disabilities.

Child Custody

This brochure is for parents who need information about the custody of their children. It explains child custody, how to get an order, and how to change an existing custody order.

How to Serve the Other Parent (Same Island) in a Paternity Action

This brochure will help you if you have started or will be starting a paternity/custody/visitation action and need information on how to serve the other parent if s/he is on the same island as you.

Island of Hawaii YMCA Family Visitation Center

Information about the YMCA's Family Visitation Center in Hilo which provides a safe, nurturing place where child visitations and exchanges can occur

PACT Kauai Family Visitation Center

Providing a safe, neutral, and nurturing environment where visitations and exchanges of children occur between custodial and non-custodial parents. The Center helps children and parents who are experiencing difficulties in divorce, separation, family violence or involved in custody disputes.

Paternity: Establishing Custody, Visitation, and Support

Use this brochure if you are not married to the other parent of your child and want to know your parental rights.

Self-Help Form: Petition for Paternity or for Custody, Visitation, and Support Orders after VEP Part 1 - Oahu (First Circuit)

Use this interactive interview if you would like to begin the court process of paternity and will file in Family Court of the First Circuit (Oahu).

Self-Help Form: Petition for Paternity or for Custody, Visitation, Support Orders after VEP - Maui (Second Circuit)

Use this interactive interview if you would like to petition for Custody, Visitation, and Support Orders after Voluntary Establishment of Paternity and will file in Family Court of the Second Circuit (Maui).

Self-Help Form: Proposed Parenting Plan

Use this interactive interview if you would like to complete the court form for a Proposed Parenting Plan to be submitted in either a Divorce or Custody court case in the State of Hawaii.

Visitation Information for Parents

Use this brochure for general information on visitation rights of parents.

What Unmarried Moms Should Know About Voluntary Establishment of Paternity (VEP)

This brochure provides useful information to mothers who are not married to the father of their child and who gave birth to their child on or after July 1, 1999.

Child Custody

This brochure is for parents who need information about the custody of their children. It explains child custody, how to get an order, and how to change an existing custody order.

Instructions and Forms for Pre-Decree and Post-Decree Motion Filings

Pre-Decree Relief forms are used to obtain temporary orders while a divorce is happening. Post-Decree Relief forms are used to change an existing order from a divorce decree that was just entered.

Self-Help Form: Motion and Declaration for Post Decree Relief

Use this interactive interview if you want to complete a Motion and Declaration for Post Decree Relief in Family Court requesting the court to modify or make changes to a Divorce Decree.

Self-Help Form: Motion and Declaration for Post Decree Relief - Maui (Second Circuit)

Use this interactive interview if you want to complete a Motion and Declaration for Post Decree Relief requesting the court to modify or make changes to a Divorce Decree entered in Family Court of the Second Circuit.

Self-Help Form: Paternity Modification Part 2 - Oahu (First Circuit)

Use this interactive interview if you would like to complete the last form required to request relief (modification/enforcement of existing custody, visitation, and child support orders) after a paternity judgment has been entered and if you will file in Family Court of the First Circuit (Oahu).

Self-Help Form: Paternity Modification Part 1 - Oahu (First Circuit)

Use this interactive interview if you would like to complete the first set of forms required to request relief (modification/enforcement of existing custody, visitation, and child support orders) after a paternity judgment has been entered and if you will file in Family Court of the First Circuit (Oahu).

Self-Help Form: Proposed Parenting Plan

Use this interactive interview if you would like to complete the court form for a Proposed Parenting Plan to be submitted in either a Divorce or Custody court case in the State of Hawaii.

Visitation Information for Parents

Use this brochure for general information on visitation rights of parents.

What to do if Your Child is Abducted by a Family Member

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children intakes reports of missing children, including children who have been abducted, wrongfully retained or concealed by a parent or other family member.

What to do if Your Child was Taken Oversees by the Other Parent

If your child was taken abroad from the United States by the other parent, we can help. If your child was taken from another country into the United States by the other parent, we can help.

Video: Representing Yourself in Court

This video provides general information how to represent yourself at a court or administrative hearing.

How to Establish Paternity Voluntarily if You’re an Unmarried Parent

Information on how to establish paternity if you're not married.

Paternity: Establishing Custody, Visitation, and Support

Use this brochure if you are not married to the other parent of your child and want to know your parental rights.

What Unmarried Moms Should Know About Voluntary Establishment of Paternity (VEP)

This brochure provides useful information to mothers who are not married to the father of their child and who gave birth to their child on or after July 1, 1999.

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