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Major aspects of spousal support in an Alaskan divorce

While parties usually enter a marriage with the best hopes and intentions, in some cases, the couples are better off separate. Depending on their situations, it may be possible for parties to seek spousal support.

Whether you are looking to receive or may have to pay the support payments, it is important to understand how it works. There are a few major aspects to understand in regard to spousal support in Alaska.

Mistakes to avoid during an arrest

You may never imagine a situation in which the police arrest you, but many people find themselves in the back of a patrol car because an officer suspected they were driving while intoxicated.

It can be helpful to know what to do and what not to do if police do arrest you. Being prepared can help you avoid making critical mistakes that could hurt your defense.

Does Alaska really have the most dangerous job in the country?

When it comes to on-the-job injuries, a wide range of hazardous occupations exists that rank at the top of the list. Certain industries, such as construction and oil drilling, have particular risks that result in more workplace injuries than the average profession.

However, rumor has it that Alaska is home to the most dangerous job in the country. Learn to separate fact from fiction, and learn more about workplace injuries in Alaska and workers' compensation for those injuries.

Divorced parents, two homes and helping children adapt

When the family unit breaks up and the parents go their separate ways, a top priority is helping the children adjust to a new chapter in their lives.

Living in two homes is often a strange, new experience for children, but you can help them adapt and ensure that they maintain positive familial relationships.

Alaska DUI stops and field sobriety tests

When police officers in Alaska make a DUI stop, they may ask the driver to perform a field sobriety test. If the driver fails, they may then use these results as probable cause for a DUI arrest.

The first thing you need to know is that the law does not require you to take the test. This is different from the breath test after a DUI arrest, which the law does mandate and you may face significant penalties for refusal even if you do not get a DUI conviction.

Why your workers' comp claim was denied

Theoretically, workers' compensation aims to provide injured workers with a fast, uncomplicated way to get the health benefits they need. In practice, some applicants encounter roadblocks during this process.

If you receive a notice that your claim was controverted (denied), the denial can stem from a mistake you made or from the insurer's disagreement on fundamental issues. You may be able to appeal this decision; consult your lawyer as to your chances of success on appeal.

Modifying a child support order in Alaska

Alaska courts will include a child support order in the final divorce judgment. The court determines support amounts and schedules based on official guidelines as well as its own assessment of the child's best interests.

Sometimes, circumstances change and the terms of the original order no longer work well for the parties involved. However, failing to comply with a support order can result in considerable trouble and even lead to jail. Therefore, it is important to seek an official modification of the order and not just adopt informal changes, even if everyone agrees at the moment.

Using marijuana is legal in Alaska but driving high is not

Each year, more and more states legalize marijuana medicinally, recreationally or both. In Alaska, both are legal. However, the state still has laws regarding its proper use. Only those who are at least 21 years old can possess or use the substance, but they must not do so in any public area, especially on federal property, as marijuana is still illegal under federal law.

The highest focus, though, tends to be on how marijuana affects driving. It is still a substance treated much like alcohol, prescription medicine and illicit substances. Knowing and following Alaska law regarding marijuana and driving can prevent you from getting into trouble.

What happens to property in an Alaska divorce

Beginning the divorce process means thinking about property division as well. While some spouses may come to an agreement about who gets what, others may need to fight it out in court.

In Alaska, the law adopts an equitable distribution approach. This means that rather than dividing everything equally, the court decides on a division that would be most fair to both parties.

How to file a workers' compensation claim in Alaska

When you suffer an injury at work, your first concern is probably for your health and safety. However, what follows right after is the worry about the financial consequences of the accident. How will you pay for the medical bills? When can you go back to work, if at all? Will you have lifelong health problems or need long-term care?

Workers' compensation exists to address this situation. Your employer is responsible when you get hurt at work, and you are eligible to receive assistance to ease the financial burden. Here is what you need to do to receive these benefits.

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