If you are thinking about divorcing your spouse in Alaska, it is important for you to anticipate different outcomes. You may have certain beliefs and expectations about the process, but if you do not plan your separation carefully, you could end up with a settlement skewed towards your ex-partner.
Unless you have a community property agreement, community trust, prenuptial or postnuptial contract, property acquired before the marriage can remain separate and out of your spouse’s reach. Alaska is an equitable distribution state. When it is time to determine the division of assets, the judge must use his or her discretion to give you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse what the judge believes is fair. This can lead to you or your spouse receiving an unequal share of certain assets. Here is a brief overview of how you can make your post-divorce situation more secure.