<strong>30 years of experience practicing law, in areas of Family Law, Divorce, Custody, Labor and Personal Injury, and bankruptcy.<strong></strong></strong>
Legal matters can be complex and the decisions made may have long-lasting impacts on you, your loved ones, and your finances. Let me help guide and represent you.
98-030 HEKAHA ST
Building 7 Suite 23
Aiea HI 96701
Who Can File For Divorce?
Either spouse may initiate the divorce. However, the Plaintiff spouse needs to state one of the 3 reasons for divorce: The marriage is irretrievably broken. The parties have lived separate and apart for a continuous period of 2 or more years under a decree of separation or under a decree of separate maintenance. The parties have lived separate and apart for a continuous period of 2 or more years immediately preceding the application, there is no reasonable likelihood that the cohabitation will be resumed, and it would not be harsh and oppressive to Defendant, or contrary to public interest, to grant a divorce on this ground on the complaint of the plaintiff.
Child Custody & Visitation Who Gets Custody of the Child?
Child custody is based on the best interest of the child. Physical Custody: Physical custody is with whom the child primarily lives with. Sole Physical Custody: The child lives primarily with one parent Joint Physical Custody: The child divides time between both parents. Joint physical custody modifies child support Legal Custody Legal custody is regarding who makes the major decisions for the child. These type of decisions deal with medical, educational, and religious decisions. Legal custody also includes issues such as consenting to a driver's permit, joining the military before the age of majority, and working underage. Legal custody does not affect the amount of child support given to the custodial parent.
What is Bankruptcy?
Bankruptcy is a legal proceeding for people who are unable to pay their debts can get rid of the debts and get a new financial start. These proceedings are handled by the United States Bankruptcy Courts, including the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Hawaii. Tax debts, student loans, back child support, back alimony, and fines or tickets issued by a court cannot be discharged by a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Credit card debts, unsecured bank loans, monies owing from the repossession of a vehicle, medical bills, and lawsuit judgments are debts that can be discharged. Chapter 13 of the U.S. Bankruptcy code, the reorganization involves creating a repayment plan toward the individual's debts, taking place over a time, up to 5 years. The repayment plan is based upon calculating the individual's income over and above their normal monthly expenses. The creditors all receive a portion of the monthly payment during the life of the repayment plan. At the completion of the repayment plan time period, the remaining unsecured debts are discharged.
We are a small firm that gives has been practicing for over 30 years! I value your feelings. We are have flexible appointments and a free telephone consultation to see if we can help. We'll be happy to discuss the services we offer and answer any questions you have.
Craig W. Polanzi graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement Administration in 1979. He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. In 1985 he graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Master of Science in Administration of Justice. He was awarded Graduated Assistantship Research/Training and continued to be a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Mr. Polanzi received his Juris Doctor from the Howard University School of Law in 1987 and ranked in the top 15% of his class.
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