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Anchorage Family Law Blog

Do you have the ability to visit with your children virtually?

Noncustodial parents will usually have the right to visit with their children multiple days per month. In the digital age, though, these visitation rights do not only cover the right to visit with children in person. They also cover the right to visit with children virtually.Virtual visitation includes visiting children via Skype, telephone calls, WhatsApp, email, FaceTime, text message and other forms of digital communication.

Do I have the right to visit my children "virtually?"

Could a mental illness diagnosis affect your custody case?

If you are an Alaska parent living with a mental illness, you may have the very real fear that your diagnosis could lead to your losing custody of your children to their other parent, a family member or even the state.

In the past, it was fairly common for some courts to routinely remove children from the care of a mentally ill parent, or to severely restrict that parent's rights to visitation with their children. Because of this, many parents resisted medical treatment to diagnose and treat their conditions, which only made their mental health status even more precarious.

Are you experiencing parenting-time interference?

It can be difficult to get used to sharing custody of your child with their other parent. This applies even for parents who work hard to be fair with each other and the child they both love. Sadly, many parents deal with ongoing frustrations over custody, and may even face parenting time interference from the other party.

Parenting time interference takes many forms, but they all boil down to the same basic principle. If one parent acts in a way that obstructs the other parent's physical time, ability to communicate or to build and maintain a relationship with the child, these actions could qualify as parenting-time interference.

What is a collaborative law divorce?

The collaborative law process has existed since the 1990s. A group of Minnesota family law attorneys created the process because they wanted a fairer and more direct way to settle divorce matters.

These days, the collaborative law process has been so successful in meeting the needs of divorcing parties that attorneys have expanded its use into other areas of the law that require complicated settlement negotiations.

What is adoption like for parents today?

It used to be the norm for adoptive parents to keep their adoptions a secret. Or, if the child knew he or she was an adoptee, it was especially rare for the adoptive parents and the child to know who the biological parent was.

Courts usually sealed the records associated with biological parents, and until the adopted child applied to unseal those records, the biological parents would remain a mystery. But what is the situation like today? Is it different?

Adopting in Alaska: Getting started

If you're considering growing your family with the help of adoption, then you're about to become a hero to one or more children. Adoption is a wonderful thing. It helps children find forever families and gives them the stability they need to grow up happy and healthy.

When you're ready to adopt in Anchorage, you should understand how it works. To be considered as an adoptive parent, you'll need to be willing to care for children who are teens or sibling groups. You should be willing to care for those with medical or behavioral needs. If you are Native American or an Alaska Native, that's also beneficial.

3 reasons to consider mediation before turning to a judge

As a parent and individual going through a divorce, you know that there are many things you don't agree with your spouse about. Despite that, it's in your best interests to work with your spouse to divide your property and create a parenting plan that works well for you and your children.

Mediation can work if you and your spouse can't get along or come up with a decision for your property or child custody arrangements. It requires you to be willing to work together, but if you can both commit to mediation, it has the potential to work well. It saves you money, time and effort in the long term, and it gives you a chance to learn how to handle situations in which you don't agree. Here are three reasons to consider mediation before turning to arbitration or the judge for a decision.

Mediation could be an affordable solution for your Alaska divorce

Getting divorced typically brings to mind thoughts of spousal discord and massive bills for everyone involved. It's true that divorces can become expensive quickly, between dividing all of the assets you've built over the course of the marriage and paying for all of the time in court. Thankfully, for some couples, there is a faster and often far more affordable option available.

Mediation for the critical issues of your divorce can help you and your spouse harmonize the terms for your divorce. Instead of battling one another in court, you can work together to find mutually agreeable solutions to all the major issues in your divorce, from asset division to child custody.

Custody issues can be more complex in same-sex divorces

It has only been a few years since the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in a landmark decision that every state in the country must recognize same-sex marriages. Since then, many long-term couples have had the right to marry after years, while younger LGBTQIA people can grow up knowing that their relationships can be legally recognized.

With the rise in same-sex marriage, however, has come demand for same-sex divorce. Regardless of the gender of the people in a marriage, monogamy can be hard. Couples can grow together as they age and change, or they can also grow apart. There's also always the potential for abuse and infidelity. Whatever the reason a same-sex couple may have to seek divorce, it can be a difficult and complicated process. When there are minor children in the family, a same-sex divorce can become much more complicated.

6 questions to ask before you adopt

The decision to adopt a child is a lifelong commitment. Literally, the moment you bring a child into your home to raise as your own, your life will never be the same.

Adoption and raising a child comes with many joys and stresses. As such, parents will want to weigh these factors carefully before moving forward with the adoption process. One way to fully consider your decision is to think about the following questions: