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Mediation or litigation? Which divorce method is for you?

The end of your marriage may have brought you grief or relief. Every marriage is unique, and the factors that contribute to the end of one marriage may be very different from those that lead to the demise of another. Fortunately, there is more than one way to divorce, and many couples desire a process that does not add more stress to an already anxious time. A couple may simply figure it out on their own, or they may try a form of alternative dispute resolution such as mediation.

However, as much as you may want to use a peaceful form of divorce like mediation, your situation may not be appropriate for it. While you would certainly want to discuss the particulars with your attorney before making a decision, there are some red flags that indicate mediation may not be the best way to achieve a fair divorce settlement.

Major causes of financial crises in Alaska

Alaska has definitely not been insulated from problems caused by a fluctuating economy. Like most residents in the state and across the nation, you've likely encountered a few financial challenges of your own in recent years. In fact, times are such that you may experience a significant tipping of the scales in one direction or the other within several months if your circumstances were to suddenly change.  

If your family has met with unforeseen expenses of any kind, such as those often associated with medical emergencies or job loss, you may want to explore debt relief options before things get too out of hand. What works for one person may not be a viable option to another, and that's why most people seek experienced guidance when trying to determine which path to take to pay back debt and restore their financial stability.  

Estate planning when your child has an opioid addiction

One of the most heartbreaking things for a parent to come to terms with is the addiction of an adult child. You have watched your son or daughter fade away from you, enslaved to opioids. You may have thought something like this could never happen to your family. However, reality proved different.

Now that you are considering your options for your estate plan, you and your spouse are likely baffled at how to handle your addicted child's share of the inheritance. While the conflict may cause you to hesitate in taking the steps to prepare your estate, delaying may have even more serious consequences.

Help your kids make the best of a difficult situation

Like most Alaska parents who have been through similar experiences, you may be dreading telling your children you've decided to divorce. After all, they love both their parents and have mentioned to you in the past how they feel sorry for their friends whose parents' marriages have met the same fate. The good news is that getting divorced doesn't necessarily mean you are ruining your children's lives. No two families are the same but many encounter similar challenges as they adapt to new lifestyles in divorce. 

By tapping into available resources in your area, you can provide your children with the tools they need to move toward an emotionally healthy future. That doesn't mean there's a guarantee that no obstacles will arise along the way. However, by gleaning insight from the sage advice of others who have trod similar paths before you, you can remain hopeful that your children will not only survive but also thrive. 

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.

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