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What is going to happen to my kids after my divorce?

The end of a marriage brings many significant changes for the two spouses, but it can bring significant changes for any minor children as well. Kids often bear the emotional brunt of a divorce, even when the two parents are amicable. and for this reason, many Alaska parents work to minimize the negative impact for the children.

Child custody arrangements will certainly have a significant impact on the children for years to come after the divorce is final. In order to provide the kids with a beneficial arrangement and provide continuity of lifestyle as much as possible, some parents are able to work together on a custody plan outside of court. This could give you a better chance to reach an agreement that is workable and practical.

Single parents can protect their children through estate planning

Whether by accident or by design, you may find yourself raising your children on your own. Even if the other parent is involved in your children's lives, you shoulder the bulk of the responsibility for their health, safety and well-being.

You spend every day caring for them and making sure they have what they need. You may even work more than one job to make ends meet. Without a doubt, you deserve accolades for your devotion to your children. However, what would happen to them if you passed away unexpectedly or suffered an injury or illness that kept you from caring for them?

Working toward a custody arrangement that works for your family

One of the most complex and emotionally charged aspects of a divorce is child custody. Alaska parents know how hard it is to navigate this complex process for themselves, and they know that the youngest members of the family are not immune to the impact of the end of the marriage.

Parents often strive to minimize the impact that the end of their marriage can have on their children. One of the ways to do this is by working on a custody arrangement that meets the unique needs of your family. You may be unsure of the options available to you, but it can be useful to understand more about child custody in order to make the best decision for your family.

Are you ready to fight for your share of marital assets?

Without a doubt, you are experiencing a range of emotions because of your impending divorce. Some days you may wish to stay in bed, watch TV and forget the whole thing. Of course, the longer you have been married, the more difficult it may be to disentangle your life from your spouse's, and this may be especially true when it comes to finances.

If your spouse managed the money during your marriage, the last thing you probably want to do is to try to deal with the financial aspect of your divorce. However, the work and time you put into making sure you get your fair share of assets will pay off in the long run.

Do you want the right to see your grandchildren?

Many people would say that being a grandparent is better than being a parent. You get to spoil the kids and then send them home to their parents. This arrangement often goes well while the parents are either happily married or happily living together. Problems arise when the status of the parents' relationship changes.

What if the parents are divorcing or separating (if unmarried)? What can you do if the custodial parent won't allow you to see your grandkids?

How does your property pass without a will in Alaska?

If you are like many other Americans, you haven't yet set up your estate plan. Perhaps you are young, healthy or busy. These reasons, along with others, may sound reasonable at the time, but the fact of the matter is that none of us know when our time is up.

Without proper estate planning, including the execution of a last will and testament, what happens to your property after death will be up to the state of Alaska. Below is a brief overview of what happens to your property if your spouse survives you.

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