Getting divorced is a difficult process. If you weren't expecting it, getting served can be a shock. You could come home and realize that your spouse has left, taking your children. Other times, you'll be the one who's expected to find somewhere else to live. Suddenly, you're only seeing your children on the weekends and even worse, you have to pay a chuck of each paycheck toward child support. It often doesn't feel fair.
Although it doesn't seem fair, the goal in divorce and family law in Hawaii is a fair outcome that considers the best interests of the children involved. Generally speaking, shared custody arrangements are much preferred by the courts, unless there's a serious history of abuse or chemical dependence. When your divorce goes to court, you will most likely get shared custody unless there is a compounding factor.