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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Hawaii on
Q: How will the following look to a judge.

How will it look to a judge that my son is paying a monthly amount to his wife who has walked out on him and four children? My daughter-in-law left in January and has little to do with the family. However, she drives the kids to school each morning and when our son needs to be out of town, she... Read more »

Don F. Harris
Don F. Harris answered on Jun 6, 2019

First, if he is in he military, he is likely required to support his spouse by the military so long as he is married. I have had my military male clients get reported by the separated wife to his chain of command for not supporting her, and it has caused my clients problems.

Second, I tell...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Hawaii on
Q: My son's biological father has not see him in 2.5yrs & no $ in 8months, can I get his parental rights terminated?

He has repeatedly refused to visit his son and goes months without talking to him on phone. My son asked him to terminate his rights a couple months ago so my partner could adopt him, but he refused & then stopped communicating for months. What can I do to terminate his rights?

How long... Read more »

Robin R. Gregory
Robin R. Gregory answered on Apr 9, 2019

This is a complex issue and no "one way" to go about accomplishing your goal. Also, I would need to get more information before determining what is the "best" way to proceed. I suggest you retain an attorney and discuss your options. I have seen biological fathers who have no interest in the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Hawaii on
Q: Will a case be open if I don't give u.a.???? Does CPS really overlook THC?????

10 false accusations called in my baby daddy i.e. I beat, scream, leave my child alone, been diagnosed w/mental illness, manufacture drugs, am on heroin, meth, and weed.

My house was clean, my child's art work decorates my walls, my child is happy and healthy. Other than 2 cigarettes and a... Read more »

Robin R. Gregory
Robin R. Gregory answered on Mar 14, 2019

I suggest you get an attorney and don't do anything until you speak confidentially, with your attorney. It is illegal to smoke or otherwise ingest marijuana in the State of Hawai'i, unless you have a prescription and it is illegal in the United States. I don't know why CPS would "over look"... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Hawaii on
Q: I'm 17, my fiancee is 21, my mom just signed over all rights to my dad, can I get married with just his signature?
Robin R. Gregory
Robin R. Gregory answered on Mar 14, 2019

If your father is the only parent with parental rights over you, then it would make sense your father's would be the only signature needed for consent for a minor to marry. Or, you can wait until you are 18 and you don't need any parent's signature. Good luck to you.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Real Estate Law for Hawaii on
Q: Is it valid for parents to donate their only property ie house and lot to only 1 child excluding other children?

The parents have property in another country. It is the only property in their name and they donated it to 1 child excluded the others. Is this valid in Hawaii laws?

Robin R. Gregory
Robin R. Gregory answered on Mar 14, 2019

If the real property is in another country, the real property is probably governed by the laws of that country. Owners of property can generally give or sell real property to anyone they want. If it is a case of a child using "undue influence" to "force" parents to give property, that is another... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Immigration Law for Hawaii on
Q: If an illegitimate child's father is an american citizen, what surename should he/she be using?

Can an illegitimate child of an american citizen be automatically US citizen?

Hector E. Quiroga
Hector E. Quiroga answered on Nov 27, 2017

Possibly. It depends on a variety of factors. It is best to consult with an immigration attorney to discuss your particular circumstances.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Hawaii on
Q: whats the fastest and easiest way to get out my house?

I'm a 16 year old boy living in the state of Hawaii and am a victim of mental and emotional abuse by my parents. My house is such a toxic environment where my dad smokes illegally and will sometimes threaten to harm me if I ever got in his way. My mom won't try to stop this behavior and will... Read more »

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Jun 11, 2017

You cannot do that without their knowledge, consent or permission. Family services and the court system will not help with mental abuse.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Real Estate Law and Probate for Hawaii on
Q: My dad pass away 2 years ago in his house in Hawaii with my stepmother. The house is already paid off. They have a will

And my dad still have living siblings. Also I would like to open a case for my dad. Need your help.

Richard Samuel Price
Richard Samuel Price answered on Jan 13, 2017

If your dad lived in Hawaii when he passed, then a probate action would be brought in Hawaii. You may want to repost your question under Hawaii.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Hawaii on
Q: Am i allowed to take items out of our home to the pond shop bc husband won't support family financially?

I am in a abusive marriage and decided to leave him. I am working with social workers who help me go through the court/legal process. I have a TRO and he cannot contact me or his children. He refuses to support his children financially. He pays for rent and major bills but refuses to give me money... Read more »

Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot answered on Oct 30, 2015

Hire an attorney and get the advice that you need about this. At least go to speak with a family attorney in your area and have a full discussion.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Hawaii on
Q: do i have legal rights to my husbands bank account (not a joint acc) to buy food for my kids and me? Hawaii/military

I am a shm with 3 kids, seperated because he is psychol. And phys. Abusive. He is not paying me any money. He is paying for rent and all major bills. Do i have the right to transfer money from his acc. To mine (it's not a joint acc)? I would keep records that it's used for food. Just enough so my... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Oct 29, 2015

No. If you are not on the account, you can't draw funds from it.

You need to file suit for legal separation (if allowed in your state) or divorce. Then you may be able to get a court order requiring him to support you and your children.

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