The Hawaii Uniform Collaborative Law Act (HUCLA) effective July 1, 2012 allows divorcing couples and their attorneys to enforcibly agree to openly and honestly work together to efficiently and fairly settle the couple’s divorce issues, without formal discovery or litigation, and in furtherance of the true best interests of the couple, and their children, with the understanding that if they can’t settle, they must get new attorneys for their litigation.
Ever since its inception in the 1980s, the collaborative divorce law movement has spread rapidly to most of the United States, Europe, Canada, and Australia. Tens of thousands of lawyers have now been trained in collaborative law worldwide, with thousands more every year.
In 2012 we helped form the Collaborative Divorce Hawaii Practice Group (CDHPG), Hawaii’s premiere collaborative divorce service provider.
The CDHPG is an IRC Section 501(c)(6) non-profit organization of attorneys and other professionals dedicated to helping Hawaii’s divorcing spouses, and their children, achieve a divorce without litigation utilizing collaborative divorce law principles and procedures.
The CDHPG is committed to (a) educating Hawaii’s divorcing spouses, the Hawaii Family Court, and all family law professionals assisting Hawaii’s divorcing spouses and their children, about collaborative divorce law practices, (b) establishing a broad community of highly qualified professionals to carry out the goals of collaborative practice, (c) empowering divorcing clients to fashion agreements that address their unique concerns and produce results which are far more creative than, and superior to, those experienced by clients in the traditional adversarial divorce process, (d) promoting a new culture of divorce in Hawaii in the spirit of Aloha emphasizing honesty, openness, cooperation, integrity, and professionalism, all geared towards the future well-being of Hawaii’s divorcing parents, and their children, and (e) setting the standard for leadership and innovation in collaborative divorce practice in Hawaii.
Mr. Darrah is the president of the CDHPG.
We are a pioneer of collaborative practice in Hawaii. We believe that for many couples with financially complex marital estates collaborative practice may be the best way to proceed.