A Better Way to Divorce
Effective July 1, 2012, Hawaii adopted the Uniform Collaborative Law Act (HUCLA). HUCLA authorizes divorcing couples in Hawaii to enter into collaborative law participation agreements in which they pledge to respectfully resolve their custody, property division and support disputes without the intervention of a tribunal court, or other third-party decision-maker, disclose information fully, candidly, without formal discovery, and, in the event they do not settle, discharge their attorneys. Much experience in other states, and other countries, over now many years, has shown that, in collaborative divorce practice, settlements are typically reached that “expand the pie” and customize outcomes in ways that few Courts are ever able to achieve. In the process, fees and costs are contained, high-quality legal counsel and negotiating assistance are built-in, and the ability of divorcing spouses to cooperate and co-parent after divorce is greatly maximized.
The Collaborative Divorce Hawaii Practice Group (CDHPG) is an IRC Section 501(c)(6) non-profit organization of attorneys and other professionals formed in association with the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) to advance collaborative divorce practice in Hawaii.
CDHPG Mission Statement: A New Culture of Divorce
The Collaborative Divorce Hawaii Practice Group (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 procedures as set forth in the Hawaii Uniform Collaborative Law Act (HUCLA), and the standards of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP). 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.
Any professional who has completed a basic twelve (12) hour collaborative divorce law training approved by the IACP, and who agrees to subscribe to the continuing education requirements of the CDHPG, in accordance with IACP principles and standards, is eligible for membership in the CDHPG.
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