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Dealing with child support and debt

In Alaska, child support is intended to help a parent with the financial costs of raising a child or to help the state with the costs should the child end up in foster care. Around 69,000 parents and family have open cases for child support. Nearly 60 percent of those cases have past due payments.

Father of Bristol Palin's second child seeks joint custody

A potential custody battle taking place in Alaska is drawing national attention because of the high-profile parents involved. Marine Dakota Meyer filed a suit in Alaska Superior Court on Jan. 4 asking for joint custody of the child he shares with Bristol Palin, the daughter of past vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin.

Dealing with an ex-spouse while co-parenting

When divorce action concludes in an Alaska court, many ex-spouses still need to interact because of their children. When a co-parenting plan is in place, parents with joint legal custody typically share responsibility for important decisions. Additionally, a visitation plan is usually implemented to ensure that children are able to continue to thrive in their relationships with both parents. Unfortunately, this can be difficult for everyone if the parents are continually at odds and arguing. It is important to keep things as positive as possible in order to benefit the children, which can be difficult because of the underlying conflicts that may have contributed to the divorce.