Compassionate Alaska Family Law Attorneys

a steady hand in uncertain times

Family Law and You

We understand that family law issues involve raw, intense emotions. A family law matter is often life changing; not just for you, but for the entire family. Our Alaska family law attorneys strive for resolution and provide you the personal attention you need to navigate a difficult time.

 

If you are looking for a family law attorney in Kenai, Soldotna, or beyond, contact us today for a no-risk consultation. Our team provides comprehensive divorce and family law representation with the following specialties: divorce, legal separation, child custody, visitation, child support, paternity, spousal support, alimony, collaborative divorce, mediation, property division, modification, enforcement, and high net worth divorce.

Think your spouse holds all the cards?

 

You have rights. We’ll make sure they are protected.

 

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Family Law FAQs

I am getting divorced. Do I need an attorney?

If you are considering filing for divorce, you may be tempted to go it alone and file without an attorney using court-provided documents and information from a book or website. It is understandable to want to do it yourself, but hiring a good divorce attorney is the only sure-fire way to make sure your rights are protected. And if you and your spouse have children, a lawyer’s expertise ensures that your kids’ rights are protected as well.

 

The legal system is complicated, and the fact that you’re going through a divorce means that you probably have a lot on your mind. Forgetting to address an issue such as credit card debt or underestimating the value of an asset can make a huge difference in your divorce proceeding — not to mention your wallet —  and can require future legal action to correct. Our Alaska family law attorneys will make sure all of your bases are covered and that you get the outcome you deserve.

How do courts determine who gets custody of children in a divorce?

If the parents cannot agree on custody of their child, the courts decide custody based on “the best interests of the child.” Determining the child’s best interests involves many factors, some of which are:

 

  • History of domestic violence
  • Wishes of each parent
  • Quality of the relationship between the child and each parent
  • Health – both mental and physical – of each parent and the child
  • Willingness of each parent to support and facilitate the child’s ongoing relationship with the other parent
  • Whether either parent has been providing the majority of the child’s care up to this point
  • The ability of each parent to provide a stable, loving environment

 

But the reality of determining who gets custody is never simple. Considering that your custody case is probably the most important case you’ll ever face in your life, you may want to consider talking to an attorney with substantial family court experience. Because even if you think the bulleted points above are all in your favor, you don’t want to leave anything to chance when it comes to your kids.

I am thinking of hiring a divorce attorney. How much will it cost?

There is no set price for our family law services, as every case is different. 907 Legal bills by the hour, and the complexity of your case will determine the final cost. We take pride in providing straightforward and reasonable attorney fees, so contact us about your case and your specific legal needs and we can give you a ballpark idea of the costs involved.

How is child support determined in a divorce or child support case?

In Alaska, child support is determined by Civil Court Rule 90.3. A good starting point for child support information is the Alaska Department of Revenue, Child Support Services Division (CSSD). From the CSSD website, this is generally how child support is calculated:

 

Child Support is calculated according to Court Civil Rule 90.3. You may access Civil Rule 90.3 by clicking on the left side of CSSD’s homepage. When someone has primary physical custody, the payments are based on what the noncustodial parent earns. Primary physical custody refers to the parent with whom the child resides at least 70% of the time. That court rule says that the noncustodial parent of one child should pay 20% of his or her adjusted income to support one child. Adjusted income means earning after deductions for taxes, union dues, retirement deductions and other mandatory deductions.

 

For example, if the noncustodial parent’s adjusted income is $1000 per month and that parent has one child, her monthly support obligation would be $200. If she has two children, the percentage of adjusted income for child support would increase to 27%. For three children the obligation percentage would increase to 33% and it would continue to increase by 3% per child thereafter.

 

The calculations differ when there is shared or divided custody. Shared custody means that a parent has physical custody at least thirty percent of the year, while divided custody involves multiple children and means that each parent has primary physical custody of at least one child of the relationship.