Going through a divorce in Alaska is emotionally and financially challenging, and it can be even more so for fathers. While the courts do not automatically lean towards the mother in child custody cases, there are certain factors the judge considers. Fortunately, there are things fathers who want a better chance at gaining joint, or even solo, custody can do.
According to the Alaska Court System, it is ideal if the parents can come to a custody agreement together. However, this is not always possible. Whether the parents make the decision, or the courts do, they should base the agreement on what is in the best interest of the child. Factors to consider include:
- The ability to provide basic, emotional, physical, social and mental requirements of the child
- The relationship each parent has with the child
- Stability of each living situation
- The desire and ability of a parent to support a healthy and continuing relationship between the child and other parent
- Evidence of abuse or neglect
Taking these considerations into account, Very Well Family outlines specific things fathers can do to improve custodial chances. One is to build and maintain a relationship with the child by involving himself in the child’s school, extracurricular activities and social life. He should also continue to pay child support on time and in full.
Even if the father lives in a small place, he should ensure there is proper accommodations for the child. A father should keep accurate records about visitation schedules and prepare financially. During the custody process, a father should always remain respectful of the mother and be honest about what he can handle.