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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.

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.

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.

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