The Mediation Center of the Pacific provides mediation for a broad variety of issues and case types.
Divorce: Mediators assist parties with property division, child custody and visitation, and other issues involved in marital separation. Mediators also help the parties walk through the divorce decree to ensure that they have addressed all issues and are able to finalize the divorce on their own.
Adult Guardianship: Families faced with the decisions such as where aging parents should live, how finances should be managed and who should provide direct care, are assisted by experienced mediators in addressing and resolving these questions.
Family Business Disputes: Small family owned businesses often foster unique problems from blending personal and business ties. Through mediation, agreements can be reached and relationships preserved.
Juvenile Restitution: The Mediation Center receives referrals from probation officers and the Juvenile Crime Prevention Department of the Honolulu Police Department that requires victims and juveniles to meet face to face to work out some form of restitution.
Neighbors: Mediators handle almost every conceivable type of situation or problem between neighbors. Many cases are self-referred, although police, neighborhood boards, friends and others, also send cases that include barking dogs, loud noise, rubbish, parking spaces and overhanging trees.
Paternity: Mediators assist parties who are not married, but who have a child or children together, resolve issues of custody, visitation, back child support, and health insurance. These cases are court-ordered from Family Court, or are self-referred or attorney-referred. Some paternity cases may also be mediated on-site at Family Court in Kapolei.
Probate: A number of mediators are trained to resolve estate disputes in cases before the Probate Court. Agreements can be reached and family relations preserved.
Temporary Restraining Order (TRO): The Mediation Center, in collaboration with the District Court judges, initiated a TRO Mediation Program so that mediators can assist the parties in resolving the underlying issues or reaching an agreement on how to stay away from each other. Some TRO cases may also be mediated on-site at Honolulu District Court.
Employment/Job Related: These conflicts result from personality clashes, discrimination, wrongful termination and sexual harassment, as well as employment disagreements, discipline and office atmosphere, downsizing and cultural differences.
Civil Rights Complaints: The Mediation Center receives referrals involving various types of discrimination and ADA complaints filed with the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission (HCRC).
Consumers and Merchants: These matters include billing disputes, contract clauses, poor merchandise or service, etc. Many of these cases will end up in court if not resolved beforehand through mediation. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) also refers cases to the Mediation Center.
Landlord/Tenant: Disputes regarding payment of rent, deposits and damage can be resolved directly at the Mediation Center rather than filing a complaint at District Court, although some landlord/tenant cases are also mediated on-site at District Court.
Condominiums: The Mediation Center handles referrals from the Real Estate Commission and others that involve condominium association members, directors, managers, vendors, owners and others. Issues may include violations of house rules, by-laws, back maintenance fees, attorney fees, and more.
Real Estate: The Mediation Center handles a variety of real estate disputes including purchases (DROA), rental disputes, encroachments, and landlord and tenant problems.
Regulated Industries Complaints (RICO): Complaints filed with RICO involving such issues as motor vehicle sales, repair-persons and contractors, are referred directly to the Mediation Center for mediation, eliminating the need for a lengthy investigation or hearing.
District Court On-Site Mediation: The Mediation Center volunteers provide mediation directly at District Court for pending lawsuits in Small Claims Court, Summary Possession cases, and TRO cases.
Special Education: The Mediation Center works with the Department of Education, parents and others to resolve issues concerning services and plans for children with special needs.
School Issues: The Mediation Center provides mediation for any/all disputes that arise within schools including teacher/teacher, teacher/parent, and teacher/administrator.