Law Office of Maryann E. Foley
Offering More Than 35 Years Of Family Law Experience

The Ever-Changing Landscape Of Family Law

When attorney Maryann E. Foley founded our law firm, the Law Office of Maryann E. Foley, in 1985, family law was much different than it is today. In fact, over the past three decades, legislative changes have been implemented that have, in some respects, put “family” back in this area of the law.

Today, courts across the country, including those here in Alaska, no longer favor the mother for custody, nor do they consider spousal support a right. Instead, parents have equal opportunities where children are concerned, and advances women have made in decreasing the wage gap have made spousal support a rarity instead of a given.

How Our Experience Can Help You

With more than 35 years of legal experience, attorney Foley has watched changes take place in her chosen practice area. She knows what to expect from family law proceedings, and she can help you set realistic expectations for the outcome of your case. Additionally, she has the answers you need to both specific questions and more common ones, such as:

  • How does the divorce process work? In Alaska, the divorce process can range from simple to complex, depending on your personal situation. For example, if you and your spouse can reach agreements on your own or through mediation or arbitration, thus avoiding litigation, your divorce can be finalized 30 days after you file your petition.
  • Does Alaska require a fault for divorce? No, in Alaska a no-fault divorce is available, and the ground you cite is called “incompatibility of temperament.”
  • What can I expect for my custody arrangement? Custody arrangements obviously vary by couple. However, if both parents have good relationships with their children, Alaska, like many other states, has moved toward shared parenting.
  • Should I expect alimony? In most cases, Alaska courts do not encourage alimony or, as it is called legally, spousal support — at least as it is traditionally seen. The courts here favor temporary spousal support, which can last until a divorce is finalized or for a set period of time determined by the presiding judge.

Do You Have More Questions About Family Law Issues?

If you have additional questions about the above topics or questions about other topics, such as child support, domestic violence, adoption or family law appeals, you can get the answers you need from our lawyer. If you would like to schedule an initial consultation at our Anchorage law office, you can do so by calling 877-899-2952 or emailing us.