DIVORCE
Every divorce is different.  There is no simple, one-size-fits-all solution.  Yet all divorces have one thing in common: the people involved are concerned about how the outcome will affect their family and their financial future.  We have experience helping our clients through the divorce process keeping in mind their overall goals.

Just as each case is different, the dynamics between divorcing couples range from cooperative to contentious.  As any experienced lawyer knows, taking a reasonable approach to any case can often get you the desired results quickly. 

Alaska judges expect divorcing spouses to work out an equitable settlement before going to trial.  We are experienced negotiators and are committed to finding creative solutions that allow us to negotiate settlement from a position of strength.  Whenever possible we try to resolve disputes through mediation or negotiation in order to keep our clients in control of the overall resolution rather than the court.  However, sometimes litigation is the only answer.  If it is necessary to proceed to trial, you need a strong advocate to protect your interests and we will zealously advocate for your position.

The divorce process requires the gathering of financial evidence such as tax returns, pay stubs, bank and credit card statements.  If necessary, we will work with financial experts, real estate appraisers, business valuators, and forensic accountants to locate, value, and propose an equitable division of marital assets.

In divorce cases that involve children, their best interests are paramount.  We work hard to provide reasonable recommendations for custody and visitation arrangements based on your particular situation.

Spousal support may be ordered by the court before the divorce is final, after the divorce, or both.  Spousal support is typically ordered for a specific purpose or limited amount of time.  The court will determine if a party needs reasonable spousal support based on a number of factors such as the length of marriage, age and health of the divorcing spouses, their employment status and income during the marriage, among other relevant factors.  
Three different types of spousal support can be awarded: rehabilitative support, reorientation support or permanent support.  If incomes are low, the court can unequally divide the marital property rather than provide spousal support.  ​