Hawaii Grounds for Divorce

The Petition for Dissolution of Marriage is the initial document filed with the Hawaii court. It is in this document that the filing spouse will request the court to terminate the marriage under certain specified grounds.

The family court shall decree a divorce according to the following grounds:

(1)Irretrievably breakdown of marriage;

(2)Living separate and apart under a decree of separation;

(3)Living separate and apart for at least a period of 2 years.

(4)Living separate and apart for a continuous period of at least 2 years immediately preceding the application, there is no reasonable likelihood that cohabitation will be resumed. (Hawaii Statutes - Title 580 - Chapters: 41)

Every divorce case that is filed in the state of Hawaii must declare the grounds in which the divorce is to be granted. The grounds for divorce must be substantiated with evidence or testimony otherwise the court may dismiss the case. When you are petitioning the court for a divorce, or agreeing to a divorce, make sure that you completely understand the grounds and any potential legal repercussions. If you would like to learn more about the Hawaii grounds, visit the Hawaii state statutes located at: