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Sell the house after divorce, or let your kids keep living in it?

Raising children in Alaska or anywhere is not for the faint of heart in modern society. However, most parents describe their journeys as rewarding and satisfying albeit not without various challenges along the way. One challenge many parents in this and other states are currently facing has to do with divorce. If you're preparing to, or have recently gone through divorce, you're likely focused on the impact it may have or has had on your children.

So many issues need resolved when married parents decide to end their relationships. If you're most concerned about future living arrangements and causing your children stress by having to go back and forth between two households, you may want to consider an alternate form of co-parenting known as bird nesting.

Navigating the unique complexities of a military divorce

Many things make military life different from civilian life. In the event of a divorce, a person's military service could play a role in property division, child custody and visitation schedules. If you are facing the prospect of a military divorce, you may find it helpful to prepare yourself for the complexities of the process ahead.

Military divorces can be quite similar to other types of divorce with a few exceptions. Preparation and an understanding of your rights can help you navigate the process more effectively while avoiding conflicts and protecting your interests. Some Alaska readers also find it helpful to seek guidance and advocacy as they pursue a final divorce order that provides stability and security for years to come.

When is setting up a special needs trust appropriate?

Estate planning is a complex process. There are many things to consider as you work on a plan to uniquely suit your needs, and that includes caring for your loved ones in the future. One of the ways that you can do this is by setting up a trust as part of your complete estate plan.

Alaska families caring for loved ones with special needs or disabilities may have legitimate concerns about what will happen to certain family members in the future. It is normal to have concerns about the long-term interests of your loved ones, but there are options available to you. By setting up a special needs trust, you can lay the foundation for the care and support of a specific family member who will need care long-term.

When can you make changes to your divorce settlement?

Like most other divorced couples in Alaska, your divorce settlement probably represents a snapshot of your life at the time of your divorce. You more than likely did what you could to anticipate the future, but no one can account for every eventuality.

Now, you find yourself in a situation in which some or all of your settlement no longer applies, and you need to make changes to it. Even though you and your former spouse can make changes to the agreement, you still require the approval of the court in order to make sure that neither of you could face legal ramifications based on the prior agreement.

What are the benefits of seeking Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection?

Alaska consumers who find themselves overrun by debt may know how difficult it can be to see a way out. It feels hopeless to be unable to deal with your debt on your own, and the calls from creditors and debt collectors only add to your stress. It is overwhelming, but there are options available to you.

If you find yourself in this situation, you may consider the benefits of consumer bankruptcy. This is a major step, and many people are reluctant to do it, even when facing insurmountable financial obstacles. While it may seem like an intimidating choice, in reality, filing for bankruptcy can offer you the opportunity to deal with your debt once and for all. Depending on the type of debt you owe, Chapter 7 may be the right choice for you.

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?


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