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Alaska Child Custody

Most divorce laws usually favor assigning joint child custody in a divorce so the child can continue to have a relationship with both parents. When filing divorce, the divorce court will consider only factors that directly affect the best interest of the child.

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Alaska divorce courts consider certain factors specified by state divorce laws to determine child custody, including:

  • Physical, emotional, mental, religious and social needs of the child
  • Capability and desire of each parent to meet those needs
  • Child's preference if the child is mature enough to give an opinion
  • Love and affection between the child and each parent
  • Time the child has lived in a stable environment and the desire to maintain it
  • Desire and ability of each parent to allow a relationship between the child and other parent
  • Evidence of domestic violence, child abuse or child neglect in the household where custody is proposed
  • History of violence between the parents
  • Evidence of substance abuse by either parent or other members of the household that affect the child's well-being
  • Other relevant factors

Learn how the circumstances of your divorce may affect child custody. Speak to a local Alaska divorce attorney about your child custody rights today by calling 877-349-1310 or filling out an Alaska divorce case review form. Work to protect a lasting relationship with your child.

The above synopsis of Alaska divorce laws is by no means all-inclusive and has been adapted from applicable state laws. These laws may have changed since our last update and there may be additional laws that apply in your situation. For the latest information on these divorce laws, please contact a local Alaska divorce lawyer in your area.

Alaska divorce laws were last updated July 2009.

Note: Keep in mind that all divorce laws are complex. If you need legal divorce advice or want to fully understand how these laws affect you, please speak with a local divorce attorney.