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Going Separate Ways Without Divorce

Legal separation is a recently enacted legal status in Alaska short of divorce. It serves as a solution for people who have religious qualms about divorce or hope of reconciling or provides stability for couples who live apart but are not ready to divorce for financial, legal or social reasons.

The Law Office of Dan Allan & Associates can determine if legal separation makes sense for your situation and see that your legal and financial interests are protected. Call us at 907-205-4874 for a more in-depth discussion. Our lawyers represent men or women in the Anchorage area and throughout Alaska.

What Is Legal Separation?

By legislative amendment, legal separation recognizes a state between marriage and dissolution of marriage. Either spouse or both parties jointly can petition the court for legal separation. A judge must determine or approve terms of:

  • Child custody and visitation

  • Child support and spousal support

  • Division of marital assets and debts

Inheritance, health and life insurance beneficiaries and other matters remain in force as if you were married. (Some couples choose separation for exactly those reasons.)

Because legal separation is indefinite — either party can move for divorce at any time, or you could remain in "limbo" for years — qualified legal representation is critical. Property division, custody, and financial support are treated as a final divorce order and cannot be taken lightly.

Dan Allan has practiced family law in Alaska since 1981 and is experienced at guiding clients through a legal separation. Contact our Anchorage law office for a free, confidential initial consultation.