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  • Appearing in Court from a Distance

    This video tells you how you can participate in hearing and the trial if you don’t live near the court site or within driving distance. Read More

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    Family Law Self-Help Center
  • Behavior in Court

    This video talks about how to behave in court, and how that behavior might effect your case. Read More

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    Family Law Self-Help Center
  • Calculating Child Support Awards

    The Alaska Legislature set specific guidelines for child support that are followed by both the Alaska Court System and CSSD. These guidelines are laid out in Civil Rule 90.3 Read More

  • Case Overview

    This video presents a short overview of a how a family law case moves through court, including the average time you can expect each stage to take. Later videos in this series explain terms and procedures in more detail. Read More

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    Family Law Self-Help Center
  • Change of Name Packets

    Information, instructions and forms for changing either an adult's or child's name. Content Detail

  • Child Support

    The judge must order child support whenever the court makes a custody decision. Child support is not optional and it cannot be waived. This video explains how child support awards are made. Read More

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    Alaska Family Law Self-Help Center
  • Common Questions About Child Custody

    Start here to find answers to common questions about child custody. Read More

  • Court Mediation Programs

    The Alaska Court System provides free and low-cost mediation programs for child custody/visitation cases, child-in-need-of-aid (CINA) cases, & adult guardianship/conservatorship cases. Information about these programs in particular, and mediation in other matters is available here. Content Detail

  • Custody and Parenting Plan Part 1

    You and the other parent will have to submit a plan for the care of your children to the judge. This is called the parenting plan or a custody and visitation plan. This video reviews the things you need to consider when writing this plan. Read More

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    Family Law Self-Help Center
  • Custody and Parenting Plan - Part 2

    This video talks about putting things like subsistence activities, visiting grandparents and travel arrangements into the parenting plan. Read More

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    Family Law Self-Help Center
  • Custody Forms

    Complete forms and instructions about how to file for and litigate a custody case between unmarried parents. Married parents must request custody in conjunction with their divorce. Content Detail

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    Family Law Self-Help Center
  • Disclosure and Discovery

    In a divorce case, each person must provide the other person with complete information about their finances. This is called disclosure. When you need to get additional information from your spouse during the divorce, you can use the tools of discovery. This video talks about what needs to be disclosed, and how to get more information through discovery. Read More

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    Family Law Self-Help Center
  • Filing Documents by Mail

    If you do not live near the court site or within driving distance, you can still file documents with the court. This video reviews what you need to do to properly file court documents by mail. Read More

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    Family Law Self-Help Center
  • Guardian ad Litem or Custody Investigator?

    In any case where a Judge has to make a decision about what is best for a child, they can appoint a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) to represent the child's interests in the court, or a Custody Investigator (CI) to provide information to the judge about the family situation. It is the responsibility of the GAL or CI to report to the Court what they believe is in the best interests of the child, regardless of what the parents, grandparents, or children think. Read More

  • How Domestic Violence Impacts a Custody Dispute

    Frequently asked questions about how the Courts determine custody when one parent has a history of violence. Read More