Parents of minors who get divorced or separated can't "split the baby," so they must come up with a plan for that child's living arrangements and regular visitations with the noncustodial parent. If parents are unable to come to an agreement, courts will decide the best course of action based on state child custody laws.
While "physical custody" refers to where the child lives, "legal custody" refers to the parents' abilities to make important life decisions for their child. All state custody laws adhere to the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), which is intended to prevent parental abductions and help state troopers cooperate across state lines.
Alaska Child Custody Laws at a Glance
Alaska statute outlines a number of factors that go into child custody decisions, such as the emotional needs of the child and the relationship between the child and each parent. See the Alaska Court System Web site's Parenting and Custody section for more information and links to forms.
You can find additional details about Alaska child custody laws in the chart below. See FindLaw's extensive Child Custody section for more articles and resources.
|Year Uniform Child Custody Act Adopted||1977|
|Factors Considered by the Court Before Awarding Custody||
|Joint Custody an Option?||Yes, §25-20-060 "shared"|
|Grandparent Visitation Rights Recognized?||Yes, §25.24.150|
|Child's Own Wishes Considered?||Yes|
Note: State laws may change through a few different methods, including the enactment of new legislation and the rulings of higher courts. You should contact an Alaska child custody attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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