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Preparing Clients For The Divorce Process

Knowledge is said to be power, which is why we at the Law Office of Maryann E. Foley believe in educating our clients. By providing information and setting realistic expectations for divorce, our attorney can simplify the process and address many of our clients' concerns before they even file their divorce petitions.

How A Divorce Works In Alaska

If you live in Alaska and you would like to end your marriage by filing for divorce, it is likely that there is a lot you do not know about the process. The basics of the divorce process are as follows:

  1. Ensuring you meet residency requirements: If you and/or your spouse currently live in Alaska, it is likely that you can file for divorce here. However, if you have children, the children must have lived in Alaska for at least six months for the court to have jurisdiction over decisions pertaining to them.
  2. Determining whether you should seek a dissolution or a divorce: Legally, the end of a marriage in Alaska can be described using two different terms: dissolution and divorce. A dissolution occurs when both parties are in agreement on issues, which is also known as an uncontested divorce. Meanwhile, a contested divorce occurs when spouses fail to reach an agreement.
  3. Filing of a petition: This document, also called a complaint, comes in two forms, and which one you should file depends upon whether you and your spouse have children.

From this point forward is where dissolution and divorce differentiate. If you seek a dissolution, you can have your final decree in hand after only 30 days. However, if you seek a divorce, and you and your spouse are unable to reach an agreement — and litigation is required — your divorce proceedings could last much longer.

Alternatives To Litigation

If you would like to avoid litigation, but you and your spouse cannot reach an agreement on your own, we can help you negotiate the terms of your divorce using arbitration or mediation. Both methods of alternative dispute resolution offer couples the chance to communicate in controlled environments where emotions are less likely to flare and negotiations are more likely to be successful.

Learn More About The Divorce Process

If you would like to learn more about what to expect from the divorce process, we invite you to call 907-279-0783 or email us to schedule an initial consultation with our lawyer at our conveniently located Anchorage law office.