Anchorage Family Law Blog For Men

How new alimony tax rules may affect retirement savings

Because of changes related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), alimony payers in Alaska will no longer be allowed to deduct payments for tax purposes. Recipients will also no longer have to pay taxes on payments. Additionally, the TCJA rule changes will affect retirement account options for divorced couples on either side of the alimony equation. However, the new law will not apply to alimony arrangements already in place before the TCJA officially goes into effect.

With alimony payment through retirement funds under existing rules, a spouse would have to pay to receive a deduction. But with a proper divorce agreement, funds could be transferred from retirement accounts in a way that benefits the paying spouse. If an ex-spouse makes payments from an IRA, for instance, they will be using funds that would have otherwise been taxed if they had been withdrawn. The receiving party, however, would have to pay tax on money taken from the IRA. Such transfers are one-time transactions that would need to spelled out in a divorce agreement.

Men may need fathers' rights attorneys when children are involved

When an Alaska couple has children together, things can get complicated if the pair decides to separate. Whether they want to maintain contact with their children or not, Alaskan fathers face a whole set of challenges.

Establishing paternity can be important in more ways than one. Sometimes, establishing paternity is important in child support cases, especially if a man wants to contest it so he doesn't have to pay support to a child who could be someone else's. If the couple is unmarried and the mother wants to put the child up for adoption but the man doesn't, establishing paternity gives the father a say in the matter. Establishing paternity also gives the father the right to agree to the adoption. Paternity may be involved in child visitation and inheritance issues.

Things to avoid in coparenting

Parents in Alaska who are getting a divorce may face some challenges, but they can take steps to make coparenting less difficult. For example, parents should make a plan to communicate about any parenting issues that may arise. They should not use their children as conduits for communication between parents.

Neither parent should shut the other parent out of the child's life. They should work together to try to keep rules between households reasonably consistent, but if this is not possible, neither parent should badmouth the other. Parents should not put the children in the middle of conflict or argue in front of the children. Unless the other parent is putting the child in danger, parents should also not use the threat of cutting off access to punish or manipulate one another. Children should not be questioned about the other parent.

How unmarried fathers can play a role in their child's life

When a child is born in Alaska, the mother's husband is generally considered the legal father. However, if a father is not married to the mother when the child is born, he may have to take steps to gain rights to his son or daughter. In some cases, the father's name will be put on the child's birth certificate. He can also voluntarily acknowledge paternity after the child is born.

If a man is considered the father of a child, he may have to pay child support. He could also be given custody rights to the child if he is fit to have them. In the event that the parents are living together, there may be no need for a formal custody and child support order. Otherwise, a child's parents can come together to create a parenting plan if they are able to work together. There is a strong chance that a court will approve the plan if it meets the needs of the child.

3 factors that influence pension division in military divorces

Military spouses in Alaska are often afraid of what they would lose in a divorce. They fear losing a large portion of retirement funding that they have been building up for years to their ex-spouses. They can lose as much as half of their pensions from the fall out.

There are several variables that go into how much an ex can receive from their military spouse’s retirement funding. Service members should be aware of these different factors before they settle these issues in the courtroom.

How grandparents can obtain rights to their grandchildren

Grandparents in Alaska can obtain custody or visitation rights with their grandchildren if it is in the child's best interest. Such rights are generally granted when a child is put up for adoption or if the parents are deceased. In some states, at least one parent must be deceased before grandparents can have visitation rights with the child. In others, the marital status of the parents is more important.

Furthermore, there must generally be some sort of established relationship between the grandparent and grandchild. It may also need to be shown that there won't be harm inflicted on the relationship between the parent and child if visitation is granted. Finally, a grandparent may need to show that there won't be harm inflicted on the child if visitation rights are not granted. If a child has been adopted, this could have an impact on a grandparent's visitation rights.

Post-divorce parenting

When couples in Alaska divorce, emotions often run high. This is especially true when the spouses have minor children and must now negotiate issues such as child support and custody. In most cases, both mothers and fathers are committed to doing what is best for the children, even if the divorce has led to resentment.

For many parents, divorce is a good time to reassess the image they have of their soon-to-be former spouse. Unless abuse has been a factor in the relationship, one could benefit from being able to appreciate their former spouse as a parent. This means understanding and prioritizing the importance of the relationship between the child and the other parent.

Fathers have an important role to play

Many fathers in Alaska do not have physical custody of their children, but that does not mean they are uninvolved in their children's lives. For example, many non-custodial parents share legal custody of the kids, meaning that they have a right to participate in the major decisions about a child's upbringing, education and health care. In addition, many fathers who do not have custody do have extensive visitation rights and are paying child support to cover their kids' expenses.

While some fathers do owe back child support, most non-custodial fathers are very committed to supporting their children's growth and care. In addition, many fathers without custody are heavily involved in their children's lives, education and activities, supporting their interests and enjoying a warm, loving relationship. In fact, most non-custodial parents work very hard to protect their parent-child relationships, even when they are made more difficult by circumstances or by actively negative behavior from the other parent.

Social media posts can jeopardize a custody battle

If you don’t think that your tweet will end up in family court, think again. Whether you’re fighting for custody or challenging a child support order, one social media slip-up as a father can land you in a compromising position if you aren’t careful. It is true that actions speak louder than words and some things are better left unsaid, or, in this case, unshared. Here are three ways that your posts on social media can affect your custody case, for the worst.


How fathers should act during custody proceedings

Both mothers and fathers in Alaska have the right to pursue custody of their children. However, there are certain tips that fathers should remember when going through the process. For example, dads will benefit from a solid relationship with their children. This may mean calling regularly or otherwise making sure that the child understands that their father is available at any time.

Other evidence of a strong relationship with a child can include going to birthday parties and school events. Attending religious ceremonies and sporting events can also bolster a father's case in court. Furthermore, it's important to pay child support or otherwise support the child financially even if no order is in place.

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