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Mediation could help you resolve disagreements pre-divorce

If divorce has become a consideration, it is likely that you and your ex no longer see eye-to-eye on many important topics. From what you spend your household income on to how you parent your kids, many issues can become points of contention for the end of a marriage.

Many people who have outstanding issues in their marriage inaccurately assume that there will be no way for them to resolve those problems without going to court and letting a judge be the one who makes the final decisions. Contested divorces can be stressful for spouses and any children in the family, to say nothing of how expensive they can become.

Possible outcomes of adoption: When adoptions fail

Something that surprises some people is the idea that an adoption can fail. Adoptions can, and sometimes do, fail between the time when the child is placed in the home and the adoption is finalized. Adoptions sometimes also fail after finalization if the parents can't handle the problems that the adoptive child is having.

If you think that you're involved in a soon-to-fail or failing adoption, take hope. This does happen to many people, and your attorney will be on your side to support you with the legal information you need.

Time to adopt: Adoption in Anchorage

You've always wanted to start a family with your spouse, but you've found it difficult to do so. Though you've tried time and time again, it just doesn't seem to happen for you.

This year, you've decided to start looking into adoption, so you can start the family you've always wanted. Anchorage has adoption agencies, and there are many children in Alaska who need loving homes.

What is a military family care plan and why is it important?

The military life isn't easy, but for the men and women who choose to serve, the need to take care of their children is just as important as anyone else. Because of the nature of life in the service, there are special precautions that they must take to ensure that their children have what they need even when the servicemember is called to handle duties that pull them away.

One thing that parents in the military must do is establish a family care plan. Even if you only have your child part time because of a custody order, you still need one of these plans filed with your commanding officer so that there is a structure to follow if you are deployed or have other duties come up suddenly.

A child support modification could improve your financial state

You have every intention of paying child support in full and on time, but that doesn't mean that things can't go wrong with your finances. From losing your job (and the paycheck that comes along with it) to a serious medical concern, your circumstances could change to the point of being unable to keep up with child support payments.

If you require a child support modification, it's critical to take action as quickly as possible. Until the court approves your request, you're expected to make full payments on your regular schedule.

How can virtual visits help parents in the military?

Being a parent in the military is a challenge, even when they live at home with you. When you are divorced and they live with the other parent, things can get much more difficult. The very nature of your job and the possibilities that come along with it can mean that seeing your children is complicated, and it might not happen as often as you'd like.

One option that might make things a tad easier is to use virtual visitation to spend time with your child. This enables you to communicate with them without having to get there in person. You don't use these in place of face-to-face visits. They are meant to be supplemental.

Understanding divorce laws in Alaska

When getting divorced in the United States, you must understand the laws that apply in your state, since these heavily influence the process. In Alaska, it is possible to file for "no-fault" as well as "fault" based divorces. This gives you several options to weigh up.

The route you choose to take will likely have implications for several aspects of the divorce, including alimony and child custody rulings. This is why you must take the time to compare and contrast potential outcomes and apply the law to your situation. The following are some of the key divorce laws that you should be aware of in Alaska.

3 tips to care for yourself during a divorce

The end of a marriage is a problematic time in your life because you are dealing with the end of one way of life and venturing into the unknown. It doesn't matter if the marriage was a great one or a rocky one. You will still likely feel some sense of loss from the end of it.

There are many reasons why you might have grief in this situation. You may mourn the loss of the dreams you had for the union. You could feel as though you wasted a good portion of your life on the marriage. Finding ways to deal with all of these emotions can help you survive the divorce and move toward a stable future.

Divorce mediation: Questions you need to answer

If you're facing the divorce process and interested in easing tension, mediation is one of the best ways of doing so. While there are times when litigation is necessary, don't go down this path until you first understand what mediation has to offer.

There are many benefits of mediation, including but not limited to:

  • Less stress and tension than litigation, which helps if you'll co-parent in the future
  • More control over the process
  • Less time-consuming than litigation
  • Often more affordable than litigation

When and how should I tell my children about my divorce?

Part of your job as a parent is to protect your children from harm, which is why telling your kids about your divorce can seem counterintuitive. You know the knowledge of your divorce may be emotionally painful for your children, so it is natural to want to avoid telling them about it.

However, in most situations it is best to tell your children about it sooner rather than later. The exact timing for this conversation may vary based on your situation, but it is often best to tell your children about your divorce before a parent moves out, a parenting plan takes effect or someone else tells your children about your divorce.