Just a few decades ago, mothers were almost exclusively awarded sole custody of children. Today, the law in Alaska follows a “shared custody” approach and encourages both parents to be active in their child’s life.

However, fathers are often noncustodial parents and in order to have shared custody in Alaska, there must be a minimum of 110 overnight visits with the child. This can be difficult given the state’s large geography.

Getting a lawyer who understands how the rules work, one who has successfully developed a plan for fathers in similar situations is important to preserving the right to see your child.

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AS 25.24.150. Judgments For Custody.

  • (c) The court shall determine custody in accordance with the best interests of the child under AS 25.20.060 – 25.20.130. In determining the best interests of the child the court shall consider
  • (1) the physical, emotional, mental, religious, and social needs of the child;
  • (2) the capability and desire of each parent to meet these needs;
  • (3) the child’s preference if the child is of sufficient age and capacity to form a preference;
  • (4) the love and affection existing between the child and each parent;
  • (5) the length of time the child has lived in a stable, satisfactory environment and the desirability of maintaining continuity;
  • (6) the willingness and ability of each parent to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing relationship between the other parent and the child, except that the court may not consider this willingness and ability if one parent shows that the other parent has sexually assaulted or engaged in domestic violence against the parent or a child, and that a continuing relationship with the other parent will endanger the health or safety of either the parent or the child;
  • (7) any evidence of domestic violence, child abuse, or child neglect in the proposed custodial household or a history of violence between the parents;
  • (8) evidence that substance abuse by either parent or other members of the household directly affects the emotional or physical well-being of the child;
  • (9) other factors that the court considers pertinent.
  • (d) In awarding custody the court may consider only those facts that directly affect the well-being of the child.

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Dedicated To Protecting Fathers’ Rights To See Their Children

At Family Law Center for Men, we are the Family Law Center For Men.

We understand your doubts, your fears, and your concerns. Fathers are important to their children and children are important to their fathers.

Our attorneys have over 55 years of combined experience handling all types of family law matters. We have resolved even the most complex custody battles for fathers all across Alaska.

We know how the rules work. We are the Family Law Center For Men. It’s what we are good at. Let us come up with a plan together.

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