About Katie Bennett
"Conflict essentially stops kids in their tracks—they are less free to go about the business of being a kid, meeting the developmental tasks that are essential to forming a healthy self."
Mary Ellen Hannibal, Good Parenting Through Your Divorce. New York: Marlow and Company (2002), p. 58.
Katie Bennett is a family lawyer, educator, social worker, and child advocate with many years experience settling and litigating disputes in the areas of divorce, paternity, guardianship, adoption, and child welfare.
In addition to her private mediation and settlement practice, Katie regularly mediates for the State of Hawai'i Family Court of the First Circuit's O'ahu Child Welfare Mediation Program at the Ronald T.Y. Moon Judiciary Complex in Kapolei.
Licensed to practice law in Hawai'i since 2005, Katie is a member of the Family Law, Child Law, and Alternative Dispute Resolution Sections of the Hawai'i State Bar Association, the Hawai'i Association for Conflict Resolution, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and serves on multiple non-profit boards including Hale Kipa and Sutter Health Kāhi Mōhala.
Born and raised in Nu'uanu Valley, Katie's practice focuses on supporting families in transition to reach child-focused settlement agreements. As a mother of three, Katie understands the toxic effects sustained parental conflict and litigation can have on children. With a background in law, family systems theory, child welfare, mental health, and child development, Katie understands the complexities and pitfalls of co-parenting from separate households.
Katie was honored to receive the Hawai'i Access to Justice Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service in 2014 and the National Association of Social Workers - Hawai'i Chapter Social Justice and Advocacy Award in 2015.