Alaska Child Custody & Alaska Child Support
UPDATED: March 4, 2020
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Alaska courts, like family courts in all states, strongly encourage divorcing parents to cooperate in working out the details of raising their children after the divorce because, in the long run, such agreements are in the best interests of the children involved. If the parents are unable to agree, the court will get involved, and will base its decisions on issues of child custody, visitation, and support on the best interests of the children. The following are the laws governing Alaska child custody and support.
Alaska Child Custody:
Alaska courts determine all custody issues with the best interests of the children in mind. The court will consider all relevant facts and give the father and mother the same consideration regardless of the child’s sex or age. Either a sole or joint custody decision will be reached. The factors the court will consider include, among others: children’s age, their health, their wishes, the parental roles, and other needs of the children.
Alaska Child Support:
Alaska courts use the Percentage of Income formula to calculate how much a parent must provide for support of the child or children. The court requires a parent to pay a certain percentage of his or her income for child support. The percentage is based on the number of children. For example, a non-custodial parent with one child might be required to pay 20% of his or her net income as child support. In some situations both parents may be required to pay child support.
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