In the State of Alaska, family law is an area of law which governs both the creation and breakup of family units. It deals with domestic relations such as: marriage, domestic partnerships, and civil unions; adoption and surrogacy; and child support issues. As family law and divorce attorneys in Anchorage, we deal with cases involving marriage, divorce, guardianship, and adoption. Before a major life event in these areas, it’s always best to consult an experienced attorney early in the process to avoid costly mistakes and misinformation that could cost you later. The American Bar Association agrees:
“It ordinarily is a good idea to consult with a lawyer about major life events or changes, such as a divorce. S/he will protect your rights, as well as the rights of your children. S/he keeps current with the laws in your state concerning marriage, divorce, marital property, child custody and visitation, and family support.”
When should you hire an attorney?
The obvious answer to this question is “it depends.” Not all situations require that you hire an attorney. Generally speaking, if any of the below common family law situations apply to you – you will almost always benefit from a no-obligation consultation with a family law expert: