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Joint custody is often the right decision

Divorced fathers in Alaska and throughout the country typically want to have custody rights to their children. This can be a good idea no matter how old a child is. Shared parenting often results in children who have stronger relationships with their parents and peers. They also tend to have fewer emotional or behavioral problems as well. Children who grow up with both parents having custody also tend to be more positive about life in general.

Tips for fathers seeking child custody

Fathers in Alaska who are hoping to maintain positive relationships with their children may wonder what is involved in the custody process. First, it's important to understand the different types of custody. Some people may think of custody as being about which parent a child lives with. While that is known as physical custody, there is also legal custody, and this determines which parent is able to make major decisions about the child's life.

Parallel parenting and child custody

Child custody arrangements in Alaska can take several forms. Sole custody is rare, but a court will order it if it's in the child's best interests. In most cases, however, some level of joint custody will be ordered. The court's decision when ordering joint custody often comes down to the ability and willingness of the parents to co-parent their children. Co-parenting is heavily dependent on quality communication and respect between the parents. If the parents can't work with one another, a parallel parenting situation may develop.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

How paternity can be established

There are a number of reasons that unmarried fathers in Alaska may need to establish paternity, many of which are done for the benefit of the child. One argument is that children should have the opportunity to know their fathers. Another reason is that it establishes a father's legal obligation to pay child support. Establishing paternity also makes a child eligible for various benefits, such as Social Security or inheritances. Finally, it may help the child to learn about any genetic medical conditions that could arise.

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