Bill Text: HI HB565 | 2021 | Regular Session | Amended


Bill Title: Relating To Divorce.

Spectrum: Strong Partisan Bill (Democrat 21-2)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-02-19 - Passed Second Reading as amended in HD 1 and referred to the committee(s) on FIN with none voting aye with reservations; none voting no (0) and Representative(s) Har, Kong, Matayoshi excused (3). [HB565 Detail]

Download: Hawaii-2021-HB565-Amended.html

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

565

THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021

H.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO DIVORCE.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


     SECTION 1.  Section 580-1, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (a) to read as follows:

     "(a)  Exclusive original jurisdiction in matters of annulment[, divorce,] and separation, subject to section 603-37 as to change of venue, and subject also to appeal according to law, is conferred upon the family court of the circuit in which the applicant has been domiciled or has been physically present for a continuous period of at least three months next preceding the application therefor, except as provided in subsection (b).  [No absolute divorce from the bond of matrimony shall be granted for any cause unless either party to the marriage has been domiciled or has been physically present in the State for a continuous period of at least six months next preceding the application therefor,]

     Exclusive original jurisdiction in matters of divorce, subject to section 603-37 as to change of venue, and also subject to appeal according to law, is conferred upon the family court of the circuit in which the applicant is domiciled at the time the application is filed, except as provided in subsection (b).

     A person who may be residing on any military or federal base, installation, or reservation within the State or who may be present in the State under military orders shall not thereby be prohibited from meeting the requirements of this section.    The family court of each circuit shall have jurisdiction over all proceedings relating to the annulment, divorce, and separation of civil unions entered into in this State or unions recognized as civil unions in this State in the same manner as marriages."

     SECTION 2.  Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken.  New statutory material is underscored.

     SECTION 3.  This Act shall take effect on July 1, 3021.



 

Report Title:

Divorce; Physical Presence; Residency Requirement

 

Description:

Grants exclusive original jurisdiction in matters of divorce to the family court of the circuit in which an applicant is domiciled at the time the application is filed.  Repeals the requirement that a person be domiciled or physically present in the State for a continuous period of at least six months before completing a divorce.  Effective 7/1/3021.  (HD1)

 

 

 

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