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Best Family Law Attorneys in Hawaii

Lawyer Legion created this list of the top picks in 2024 for the best family law attorneys in Hawai'i. To rank the top family lawyers and other lawyers in Hawai'i, we used both objective and subjective criteria.

The top family law attorneys were selected based on their career accomplishments, success in high-profile cases, professional involvement, community leadership, and board certifications.

This list represents a sample of some of the most highly accomplished family lawyers currently practicing in Hawai'i. When reviewing this list, please be aware of each of the following:

  • Lawyers cannot pay to be included in this list.
  • Only lawyers who are active on Lawyer Legion were selected.
  • No online directory can accurately determine a statewide list of attorneys who are actually “the best” at practicing family law (but our list comes close).
Gavin K. Doi
Child Custody / Visitation Lawyer
Honolulu, HI
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Kendal A. Luke
Bankruptcy Lawyer
Honolulu, HI
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Hawaii Family Law Legal Resources

Family Law Bar Associations and Legal Organizations

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) - The AAML is a national organization of highly-skilled negotiators and litigators who represent individuals in family law cases throughout the United States. The Academy's members are known as "Fellows" and have demonstrated a high degree of professionalism, excellence, knowledge and integrity in the practice of family law. The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers has over 1650 fellows across all 50 U.S. states.
American College of Family Trial Lawyers (ACFTL) - The ACFTL is an invitation-only, elite organization of 100 of the most skilled family trial lawyers in the United States. Known as diplomates, members who have been accepted into this organization have demonstrated significant litigation skills in complex family law cases. The American College of Family Trial Lawyers has received national recognition through its diplomates handling of well-publicized cases and cutting edge issues in family law.
International Academy of Family Lawyers - The International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL) is a non-profit organization that serves family lawyers in the United States and across the world.

Specialty Certifications in Family Law

Family Trial Law - The NBTA certifies lawyers in family trial law. This specialty area of law involves litigation in family law cases, such as divorce, separation, child custody or paternity actions. Attorneys can earn board certification as specialists in family law trials.

Hawaii Government and Court Resources

Department of Human Services of Hawaii

Department of Human Services of Hawaii - The Department of Human Services (DHS) in Hawaii oversees a diverse array of social service programs aimed at supporting the well-being and economic stability of individuals and families across the islands. DHS manages programs encompassing child welfare services, including child protective services, foster care, and adoption services. The department also oversees adult protective services, programs for individuals with disabilities, and services for the elderly, working to provide essential support and resources to improve the quality of life and promote self-sufficiency for Hawaii's residents in need.

Department of the Attorney General of Hawaii

Department of the Attorney General of Hawaii - The Department of the Attorney General of Hawaii is headed by the Attorney General, appointed by the Governor. Serving as the chief legal officer for the state, the department is responsible for providing legal counsel to state agencies and officials. The Attorney General represents Hawaii in legal matters, both civil and criminal, and is actively involved in prosecuting and defending legal actions on behalf of the state. The department oversees the enforcement of laws, issues legal opinions, and addresses various legal issues, including consumer protection, environmental regulations, and public safety.

Hawai‘i State Legislature

Hawai‘i State Legislature - The Hawaii State Legislature operates as a bicameral body, consisting of the Hawaii State Senate and the Hawaii House of Representatives. The Senate has 25 members serving four-year terms, while the House comprises 51 members serving two-year terms. The Legislature is responsible for creating, amending, and passing laws that govern the state. Its duties encompass formulating the state budget, levying taxes, and addressing various policy matters such as education, healthcare, and environmental regulations.

Hawaii State Judiciary

Hawaii State Judiciary - The Hawaii State Judiciary is responsible for the fair and impartial administration of justice within the state. Its duties encompass interpreting the law. Hawaii's unique cultural and geographic diversity adds complexity to its legal landscape, and the judiciary plays a vital role in addressing these specific challenges. With a commitment to inclusivity and accessibility, the Hawaii State Judiciary strives to protect the rights of all residents and maintain the rule of law in the Aloha State.

Supreme Court of the State of Hawaii

Supreme Court of the State of Hawaii - The Supreme Court of the State of Hawaii serves as the highest judicial authority in the state, responsible for interpreting and upholding the law. Its primary role involves reviewing appeals from lower courts to ensure the correct application of state laws and the constitution. The court's duties encompass hearing a diverse range of cases, including civil, criminal, and constitutional matters, and establishing legal precedents that guide lower courts and legal practitioners throughout Hawaii. Additionally, the Hawaii Supreme Court oversees the regulation of attorneys, handling attorney admissions, setting ethical standards, and disciplining lawyers to maintain professionalism and ethical conduct within the legal profession statewide.

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