Resolving Child Custody And Visitation Disputes

Child custody can be the major controversy in divorce. At the Law Offices of Dan Allan & Associates, we put the best interests of the children first. We focus on an outcome that fosters parental cooperation and a healthy environment for the child while aggressively representing you and asserting your rights.

Our family law practice represents mothers or fathers in the greater Anchorage area and throughout Alaska. For experienced advocacy in determination of child custody and post-divorce modifications or enforcement, call us at 907-205-4874.

Meeting the Needs of Your Child in Child Custody Agreements

The courts often encourage divorcing parties to exercise restraint in badmouthing each other, especially in the children's presence. They are the true casualties, and the actions of their parents can make the divorce situation better or worse for children. Shared custody is preferred by the courts if there are no legitimate reasons to award sole custody to one parent. In the end, the parent who can best meet the needs of the child will often receive physical custody as determined by the court. The other parent may have regular visitation, and can have a say in decisions about the child's education, upbringing and general welfare.

No Gender Bias in Child Custody

In spite of what many divorcing fathers might believe, gender is not an issue in determining custody. The misconception that the mother is always the better parent is not a guideline in the courts of Alaska for determining custody. Many men are taking an active role in their children's lives, whether they have sole or shared custody or a visitation schedule.

Modifications of Custody After Divorce

We represent either side when a non-custodial parent seeks shared or full custody. Factors that can influence the court include:

  • Active involvement in the child's life
  • The custodial parent's alienation or interference with visitation
  • A parent's alcohol or drug problem
  • Domestic violence
  • Child abuse or neglect
  • Preference of a child if sufficiently mature

We also handle child support enforcement and modifications.

Helping You Navigate Tough Parental Relocation Disputes

We also represent either party in the hot-button issue of a custodial parent who wants to move out of state or a significant distance within Alaska. Judges are reluctant to deprive the non-custodial parent of regular interaction. The court will consider the best interests of the child and the motivation for the move. The parent left behind will often be awarded summer, vacation and holiday time with the child.

Child custody disputes can turn an otherwise peaceful divorce into a nasty court battle. Call 907-205-4874 or send us a message online to arrange your free consultation. Our lawyers will strive for a workable parenting arrangement but vigorously represent you in contested proceedings. Dan Allan has practiced in Alaska since 1981 and knows how to protect your interests. We are conveniently located in the Dimond Center in Anchorage and represent individuals throughout Alaska.

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