Alaska Child Custody Guidelines and Links


Factors Considered When Determining the Best Interest of the Child for Custody Disputes in Alaska:

In determining the best interests of the child the court shall consider:

  1. the physical, emotional, mental, religious, and social needs of the child;
  2. the capability and desire of each parent to meet these needs;
  3. the child’s preference if the child is of sufficient age and capacity to form a preference;
  4. the love and affection existing between the child and each parent;
  5. the length of time the child has lived in a stable, satisfactory environment and the desirability of maintaining continuity;
  6. the willingness and ability of each parent to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing relationship between the other parent and the child, except that the court may not consider this willingness and ability if one parent shows that the other parent has sexually assaulted or engaged in domestic violence against the parent or a child, and that a continuing relationship with the other parent will endanger the health or safety of either the parent or the child;
  7. any evidence of domestic violence, child abuse, or child neglect in the proposed custodial household or a history of violence between the parents;
  8. evidence that substance abuse by either parent or other members of the household directly affects the emotional or physical well-being of the child;
  9. other factors that the court considers pertinent.

Links to Information and Child Custody in Alaska

Guide to Modifying Child Custody in Alaska (State of Alaska)
Parenting Plans (State of Alaska)
FAQs on How Domestic Violence Can Impact Custody Decisions (State of Alaska)
Indian Child Custody (Cornell University Law School)

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