STATE OF HAWAI‘I
VOLUNTEER SETTLEMENT MASTER
(3) current Income and Expense Statement;
(4) current Child Support Guidelines Worksheet (if applicable); and
(5) most recent settlement proposal.
Any involved attorney and self-representing party may also provide the VSM with property
division charts, relevant exhibits, witness lists, and any other documents and information
which may be useful to resolving this case.
3. VSM Fees, Duties, and “Report from VSM”:
a. The VSM shall not be called as a witness.
b. The VSM shall serve without compensation.
c. The VSM shall have the authority to confer with the assigned Settlement Judge.
d. The VSM process shall be subject to Rule 408 of the Hawai‘i Rules of Evidence. The
VSM shall not confer with the assigned Trial Judge.
e. The VSM shall serve from the date he/she is served with this Order until he/she faxes
his/her ”Report from Volunteer Settlement Master Report” (“VSM Report”) to the Family
Court. Once the VSM Report is faxed, the VSM is discharged from this case.
f. The VSM shall not be required to devote more than 3.5 hours of his/her time to this case.
The VSM may, prior thereto, withdraw from service without Court permission if he/she
deems it appropriate. The VSM may volunteer more than 3.5 hours to this case if he/she
g. Upon his/her discharge, the VSM shall complete and return the “Questionnaire for VSM”
to the Mediation Center of the Pacific, (“MCP”) by fax at 538-1454 or e-mail at mcp@
4. Duties and Responsibilities of Self-Representing Parties and Involved Attorneys:
a. Within forty-eight (48) hours of the filing of this Order, the Plaintiff or his/her attorney, if
any, shall serve the VSM with a copy of this Order. The Plaintiff or his/her attorney, if
any, shall then file a Certificate of Service confirming that this has occurred.
b. In the event that the parties reach a settlement:
C Within two (2) business days of the settlement, Plaintiff or his/her attorney, if any,
shall notify the Court in writing that a settlement has been reached and submit a
stipulation signed by the parties and attorneys, if any, to set aside any trial dates
and further hearing dates; and
C Within thirty (30) business days of the settlement, the parties or their attorneys, if
any, shall submit a signed Divorce Decree, or stipulated order, to the Family Court.
c. Within seven (7) days of the VSM’s discharge, the parties and all involved attorneys shall
complete the “Questionnaire for VSM Participants” and return it to MCP.
5. The parties hereby agree that, in consideration of the VSM’s willingness to serve, the VSM
FC Adm 6/27/19 ORDER APPOINTING VOLUNTEER
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SETTLEMENT MASTER (DIVORCE CASE)