Separating after years together can make life downright difficult. How the process goes depends largely on how you and your spouse choose to proceed. When facing the end of a marriage, Alaska law gives you a few options.
Two current paths exist to legally end the union. You may go the route of divorce or dissolution. Under Alaska Family Law, the differences between the two may mean the difference between a bitter feud or ending things on a more amicable note.
What is a dissolution of marriage?
When you and your spouse agree that the marriage is over, you may qualify to proceed through the dissolution process. In this process, the couple jointly files for the dissolution using a petition. You qualify for this type of legal remedy only if both parties agree on all of the following:
- The end of the marriage
- Restoration of maiden name
- The amount of child support
- Legal custody of minor children
- A parenting plan
- The division of property and assets, inclusive of retirement accounts
What is a divorce?
Many times, couples who separate cannot agree on things. This is often more of a case for filing for divorce. In this process, the parties do not agree on at least one element contained in the above list. If you and your spouse agree on three things but disagree on the others, you must go the divorce route. In doing so, one spouse files a complaint against the other to kickstart the process and move towards a final divorce ruling.
No matter what way you go, uncoupling can take a great emotional toll on all parties. Children especially can wind up caught in the middle of the proceedings, especially if the parents choose the divorce path. No matter what happens, know that trying to keep things civil is the better choice when ending a marriage.