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Justin Lee Sturdivant

Child support Attorney at Honolulu, HI

4.5   8 reviews

Licensed for 17 years

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About Justin

Learn Justin’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    25%
    Child Custody in Divorce, Paternity, Guardianship, CPS, and TRO/Protective Order cases.

    19 years

  2. Child support
    25%
    Current and past child and spousal support (alimony). Collection of old judgments and judgments from other states.

    19 years

  3. Divorce and separation
    25%
    Divorce and Separation including issues of custody and visitation, child and spousal support, property division, and allocation of debt. Drafting and review of Pre-Marital Agreements and QDROs.

    19 years

  4. Mediation
    15%
    Mediation focused on divorce and paternity issues, including custody and visitation, support, and property division.

    19 years

  5. Domestic violence
    8%
    Domestic violence including Petitions for Temporary Restraining Orders (TROs) and Protective Orders.

    19 years

  6. Adoption
    1%

    19 years

  7. Family
    1%
    All family law matters including: Paternity, Divorce, Guardianship, Step-Parent Adoptions, Temporary Restraining Orders, Protective Orders, Child Support Enforcement Agency hearings, Guardian Ad Litem, Custody Evaluations, Mediator, CPS and supervision cases, and pre-marital agreements.

    19 years

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Since obtaining his J.D. from the University of Hawaii in 2005, Honolulu divorce attorney Justin L. Sturdivant has focused his practice on family law matters. Throughout his legal career, Mr. Sturdivant has worked as a Civil Litigator, Mediator, Custody Evaluator, and Guardian Ad Litem. These experiences have provided him with great insight into the way the family court system functions. All of Mr. Sturdivant’s knowledge and training goes on to benefit his clients. He takes great pride in his work and fully dedicates himself to achieving the best outcome possible in a timely manner. You schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with Mr. Sturdivant and find out for yourself what he can do for your case.

Licensed for 17 years
State HI
Status Active
Acquired 2005
Updated 11/22/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Sturdivant & Associates, LLLC
1188 Bishop Street
Suite 3108
Honolulu, HI, 96813

Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
  8 customer reviews
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Posted by Greg | October 16, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney, Great Results
I contacted Justin when I was in need of an attorney and he was exactly what I needed. He not only gave me a fair and equitable retainer fee, he got the results I was looking for in less time than I had personally allocated for when I originally encountered the issue. I was not only satisfied but ecstatic, I would use him for all my issues from here on forward, should I have any.
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Posted by Monica | September 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Forever Grateful!
I am so grateful for all of the hard work Justin Sturdivant put into my case. He represented me through two child custody trials, a TRO hearing, and a hearing with the Child Support Enforcement Agency. He was well prepared every time we went into court and effectively defended me in each case against four different lawyers hired by my children's father over the span of three years. Through it all Justin remained highly professional, fair, and focused on the facts in each of these cases. Especially when the other side attempted to use various tactics to discredit me as a mother, Justin always restated facts and followed up with evidence pertinent to the argument. Yes, I paid a retainer for each case. I also was aware of the fees that were charged for phone conferences. In order to efficiently use this time I made sure to prepare all of the information that was needed from me ahead of time. Our conversations were always productive which allowed him to be able to represent me as well as he did. In the end, I was awarded both sole legal and physical custody. My childrenʻs father, his wife, and I are now able to co-parent with our children's best interest as priority. Today, every time I send a payment, I send it with MUCH GRATITUDE. Because without the fair, honest, competent representation I received from Justin Sturdivant, I can only imagine how difficult things would've been for my children
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Posted by Oscar | August 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Friendly, skilled and very knowledgeable
My son and I recently went through the hardest challenges we have experienced. Mr Sturdivant made sure we got everything we asked for from the courts. Thanks to Mr. Sturdivant my son and I are reunited and safely at home. Mr Sturdivant is very skilled in the way he prepares himself and his clients and the way he executes in court. Mr. Sturdivant is also ver knowledgable in the Hawaiian family and child custody law, he even corrected the judge in the law a few times. It was a pleasure working with Mr. Sturdivant. My family and I we're lucky to trust him to see us out of a terrible situation. I absolutely recommend Mr. Sturdivant and his team to deliver excellent law advice and services to those who need it.
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Posted by Adela | August 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fairest Lawyer Always
It has brought fairest results me Justin Sturdivant and I am very happy. It has said me, it costed what , but I must not pay more. It was honest always, even account corrected. I was jittery and much worry, but felt confident after I have seen him in court. I worked with other lawyer in his office also and he was good too. I have told my friend to come here too and received great also concerning alimony. I needed assistance at divorce, I did not want, but Mr. Sturdivant has helped me, and now my family is whole again!
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Response from Justin Sturdivant August 20, 2019
Thank you so much for the opportunity to assist you with your family court matter, and we appreciate your referral. If you have any questions in the future, please give us a call, and we would be happy to help in anyway we can.
Posted by DWS | September 14, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Attorney, would hire him in a heartbeat!
Justin is upfront, honest and no nonsense. He consulted with me on an issue I was hoping to resolve. He gave great advice, was responsive and his staff were so helpful! Unfortunately, my previous attorney got in the way and caused so many problems that I was unable to move forward with Justin. I would hire him in a heartbeat! I was referred by another large firm and honestly, I would just go straight to Justin any time!
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Response from Justin Sturdivant June 25, 2019
Thank you for your positive feedback. We work hard to make sure we are responsive and timely, so it is especially nice to hear that your experience reflected that commitment. I'm always glad to answer questions about family law issues, and enjoy the part of my schedule set aside for consultations. Please let us know if we can do anything to assist you in the future.
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Posted by Salvatore | July 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A big help when I needed one
I went thru an extremely painful divorce. One I never saw coming, and one I never wanted to happen. Justin was there to guide me and advise me when needed. Always available to see me, or talk on the phone when I had questions. Sad as the situation was, Justin seemed to feel what I was going thru and did a great job of being a friend as well as attorney. His fee was very fair, and I would highly recommend him to anyone dealing with these issues.
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Posted by Johnny | October 26, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Honest with me
Justin Sturdivant met with me personally and took the time to answer my questions. I felt like he was straight with me, both good and bad, unlike other lawyers I've met with. If I have to go forward with my divorce I'll be going with Mr. Sturdivant.
Posted by YKC | April 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The worst experience ever
I've retained him through Avvo, and I regret so bad I wish I never did. I've paid my first retainer fee $3500 and most of it is gone for "phone conference".Because his colleague Eric Overton wanted to know about the case to build our relationship more than just a lawyer and a client which I didn't have a problem then. When my $3000 is gone for talking on the phone and there was no progress on the case, he accidentally emailed me saying that I want bunch of work but do not want to pay, because I wanted a payment plan. I feel very betrayed, hurtful, and confused. Do we not pay retainer fee for them to work or just to talk on the phone? I asked them to dismiss my case so I can end any affiliation with them and to move on to another attorney. It's a tragic to me, and I hope no one else have to go through what I had to.
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Response from Justin Sturdivant June 25, 2019
I'm sorry that you had a negative experience working with my associate attorney. Up until now, I have only received positive review of his work, so that we will look closely at your review, to see how we can improve. There seems to be some confusion as to how our fees were earned, and I would recommend that you refer to the regular monthly detailed billing statements you would have received during the course of this firm's representation of you for further explanation. After reviewing your file, I don't agree with your characterization of our work for you, or the progress we made on your matter, and while I will not discuss the details of your case publicly, I am glad to speak with you privately. In all of my direct dealings with you, I thought that we had good communication and you appeared satisfied with the work we performed-- I wish you had brought your issues to me directly, or communicated to the firm in anyway regarding your dissatisfaction, because I think that we could have resolved it, given the opportunity. In any event, good luck to you, and if there is anything we can do for you in the future, please let me know.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 275-325 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-45%
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Mediator
  • Access ADR, Mediation Center of the Pacific
  • 2015 - Present
  • Mediator
  • Family Court Paternity Mediation Project, Mediation Center of the Pacific
  • 2012 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Smith & Sturdivant, LLLC
  • 2005 - Present

Education

  • University of Hawaii at Manoa - William S. Richardson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • University of Texas
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Legal Cases

  • Ramsey v. Ito (Haw. App. 2012)
  • Divorce Decree affirmed.
  • Tanaka v. Tanaka (Haw. App. 2009)
  • Divorce Decree affirmed.

Associations

  • Access ADR, Mediation Center of the Pacific
  • Mediator
  • 2015 - Present
  • Hawaii State Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Hawaii State Bar Association, Child Law Section
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Hawaii State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Hawaii State Bar Association, Appellate Law Section
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Hawaii State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Chair and Vice Chair
  • 2013 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

  • Excellence in Pro Bono Award
  • Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Continuing Legal Education
  • "Advanced Issues in Alimony"
  • 2014
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • "Bankruptcy In Divorce"
  • 2014
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • "Allegations Of Drug Abuse In Custody Cases"
  • 2014
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • "Marriage Equality Act"
  • 2014
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • "Divorce Appeals"
  • 2014
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • "Immigration Law in Family Court"
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (5)
Endorse Justin
Family Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Justin is always well prepared for court hearings and I can always expect an intellectual battle every time we step into the courtroom together. He doesn’t unnecessarily litigate a case unless it’s absolutely necessary. I endorse this attorney."
Family Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Sturdivant's depth of knowledge and perspective are unmatched. He is extremely dedicated to his clients. He is an invaluable asset to any team and an excellent advocate."
Family Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Sturdivant is a very competent and efficient lawyer in all matters related to family law (divorce, separation, paternity, child custody, child support, etc.). He is experienced and extremely knowledgeable and handles his cases expertly. I have worked together with Mr. Sturdivant frequently on cases where issues of family and bankruptcy overlap. I highly recommend Mr. Sturdivant."
Child custody Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Sturdivant is a skilled and respected member of the legal community. He is a zealous advocate for the rights and interests of his clients."
Family Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Justin. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"A former client of mine moved to Hawaii and needed help with a divorce/child custody matter. I sent her to Justin and he took good care of her. After they were done she sent me a note thanking me for recommending him."
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