Divorce & Family Law

In life, not everything goes as planned. When things don’t work out like you’d hoped, a divorce or dissolution can allow you to begin again.

In Alaska, there are two options to bring a legal end to a marriage: dissolution and divorce. If you and your spouse agree on all of the terms of your separation, you can file a dissolution, which can be faster, less expensive and less emotionally draining than a traditional divorce. Your attorney can help protect you by identifying areas that you may not have considered, identify all the options and then offer you guidance about which choice is best for you. If it turns out that you and your spouse cannot agree, you will need to file for a divorce.

During a divorce, your assets are divided and agreements for child custody, child support, and spousal support are created. You and your spouse may be able to come to an agreement on these issues with the help of your divorce attorneys. If not, the court will review the facts of your case and come to a decision. Alaska is a marital property state, meaning that property and assets gained during the marriage belong to both spouses. The court works to divide your property equitably, taking into account what both of you contributed to the marriage. When making decisions about child custody, the court bases its decision on the best interests of the child. You and your spouse may get joint custody, or one spouse may get primary custody. Spousal support is given based on a number of factors, including both spouses’ income and how much they are likely to earn in the future.

At Law Office of Jennifer Messick, I understand that a family law issue can be especially difficult and heart-wrenching for the people involved. I strive to make the process as easy and uncomplicated as possible, which can ease your worries and reduce unnecessary costs. As a family law lawyer, I help clients navigate every aspect of their family law matter or divorce, including property division, child custody, child support, and alimony/spousal support.

I will give you exceptional legal guidance, advising you of your options and helping you make the decisions that will be best for you and your family. I’ll let you know what to expect from the divorce or family law proceedings and will be with you every step of the way. I am committed to providing you with the best, most cost-effective service and keeping you regularly informed. I am available by appointment in Palmer and Wasilla, or stop by the Anchorage office any time.

Contact me or request an appointment to learn how I can help you make a new start.