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  • Introduction to Family Law Video Series

    This is an introduction to a series of short videos discussing many topics important to people representing themselves in divorce and child custody cases. The videos cover what to expect at different stages of the case including procedures that you have to follow. Read More

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    Family Law Self-Help Center
  • 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
  • Standing Orders

    This video reviews standing orders, the first court order you will receive after you file your case. The standing order will be in effect until your case is completed. Read More

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    Family Law Self-Help Center
  • 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
  • Marital Property

    This video tells you what is considered marital property and debt, and how it gets divided in a divorce. Read More

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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
  • 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
  • Motion Practice - Motion

    A motion is the paper you must file to ask the judge to order something or to take some other action. It is the first step in a three-step process called motion practice. This video covers the first step of the process, filing a motion. Read More

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    Family Law Self-Help Center
  • Motion Practice - Opposition

    This video explains the second part of motion practice, where the person who has been served a copy of the original motion has the opportunity to respond. Read More

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    Family Law Self-Help Center
  • Motion Practice - Reply

    This video review the third step in motion practice, the reply. A reply is not required, but the person who filed the motion (step 1) can reply to the opposition (step 2) if there is something in the opposition they want to respond to. Read More

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    Family Law Self-Help Center
  • Motion Practice - Deadlines

    There are certain deadlines for the steps in motion practice, and you must follow certain rules about mailings. This video goes over the deadlines for each step. Read More

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    Family Law Self-Help Center
  • Serving the Other Side

    You will be submitting many documents to the court during your case. In general you must give a copy of each document to the other side – or his or her attorney. This is called "service of process." This video reviews how to properly serve the other side, as well as providing proof of service to the court. Read More

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    Family Law Self-Help Center
  • 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
  • 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