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The followingcapsule summary of the law in this state related to divorce maybe helpful to you. These brief statements are not meant tosubstitute for legal consultation, but rather to highlight themain issues to consider.

Divorce Law


Grounds: Adultery; cruelty orviolence; desertion; drug/alcohol addiction; insanity; convictionof crime; failure to consummate; incompatible temperament. CodeSection: 25.24.050; 25.24.080; 25.24.120, 130, 200

Residency: When marriage issolemnized in state and plaintiff is resident, divorce action maybe brought; may also use spouse’s residency for marriage notsolemnized in Alaska.

Waiting Period: Final decree enteredon determination but 30 days must elapse between filing andtrial.

No Fault: Separation.

Defenses: For adultery, procurement,connivance, express or implied forgiveness, dual guilt, orwaiting over 2 years to bring action; procurement or expressforgiveness is defense to any other ground.

Uniform Child Custody Act: 1977
Joint Custody: No
Grandparent Visitation: Yes, 25.24.150
Child’s Wishes Considered: Yes
Code Section: 25.24.150

Community Property: No


Grounds: Underage; insufficientunderstanding for consent; consent was obtained by force orfraud; party fails to consummate.

Time Limitation: None listed.

Legitimacy of Children: Childrenlegitimate if parents subsequently marry.

Prohibited Marriages: Either partyhas living spouse at time; parties related closer than fourthdegree of consanguinity. Code Section: 25.05.021, 031, 050


Alaska Bar Association
510 L St., No. 602
PO Box 100279
Anchorage, AK 99510
Phone: (907)272-7469
Fax: (907)272-2932

Alaska Child Support EnforcementDivision
Department of Revenue
550 W. 7th Ave., Ste. 310
Anchorage, AK 99501-3556
Phone: (907)263-6279
Fax: (907)263-6263

Alaska Department of Health and SocialServices
Bureau of Vital Statistics
PO Box 110675
Juneau, AK 99811-0675
Phone: (907)465-3391
Responds to public inquiries for birth, death, and marriagecertificates dating from 1913, and divorces dating from 1950(incomplete reporting for 1945-1959). Charges $7 for certifiedcopy and $7 for search fee for first three years; $1 per yearthereafter. Additional copies cost $7. Divorces, originalrecords, on file with Clerk of the Superior Court, JudicialDistrict where divorce granted. Fee varies. For all inquiries,enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

Alaska Division of Banking andSecurities
PO Box 110807
Juneau, AK 99811-0807
Phone: (907)465-2521
Willis F. Kirkpatrick, Dir. of Banking

Alaska Division of Insurance
PO Box 110805
Juneau, AK 99811-0805
Phone: (907)465-2515
David J. Walsh, Dir.

Office of Child Support EnforcementRegional Representative (Alaska)
2201 6th Ave.
Mail Stop RX 34
Seattle, WA 98121
Phone: (206)615-2552

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