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How does Alaska determine child custody?

On Behalf of | Mar 1, 2021 | Child Custody And Support |

If you live in Alaska and plan to end your marriage, you and your spouse must make a custody arrangement if you have minor children together. The state provides families the opportunity to reach a settlement about shared parenting outside of court if possible.

Review the custody considerations Alaska parents should understand in a divorce.

Your parenting plan

The court will ask you to create a parenting plan, also called a custody order, that includes the following information:

  • Physical custody, which details the schedule for when the children will spend time with each parent
  • How and when you will transport children for visits and who funds the cost of travel if required
  • Legal custody, which explains how you and your former spouse will share decision-making that affects the children
  • Whether the children have permission to travel out of Alaska or out of the United States with either parent
  • Financial details involving the children, including child support, health insurance and tax implications

When you and your spouse cannot decide on these items, you can request a custody hearing from the family court where you live.

Best interest factors

At the hearing, the judge will review the evidence from each parent and make a decision based on the child’s best interest, including:

  • Evidence of violence, abuse or neglect
  • Each parent’s ability and willingness to foster a relationship between the child and the other parent
  • The stability of the child’s current home environment
  • The relationship the child currently has with each parent
  • How well each parent can meet the child’s social, mental, emotional, physical and religious needs

The court may also consider your child’s preference depending on age.


Contact Dorothea G. Aguero, Attorney at Law, P.C.