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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Wrongful Death for Alaska on
Q: How do I find a lawyer that will do my case as a Pro Bono? I don't have much money if any and I really need some help.

Please if you could point me in the right direction I'd really appreciate it so much more then you know. Thank you for taking the time to read this

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Sep 29, 2018

Yes. There is an entire law firm. It is called the Public Defender's Office.

If you asking I seek a law firm for you, what can I tell the firm about the following?

What makes you special that you should deserve free services?

Have you paid it forward? That means what have...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Domestic Violence for Alaska on
Q: My boyfriend is an addict with a history of domestic violence in previous relationship. Can I take our 2 kids and leave?

I will move 45 miles away to my mothers home. What steps should I take to protect myself and my children and my mother from possible retaliation? I want to know for sure that he can't use my children to manipulate and control me after I get away from him. I'm poor and I have no financial means for... Read more »

Stefan Otterson
Stefan Otterson answered on Jul 8, 2018

If you have no court order governing custody, you can do whatever is reasonable under the circumstances. However the father has equal rights, so you will need to get a court order. If there has been domestic violence, then you should get a restraining order. This is something you can do without... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family Law for Alaska on
Q: Can I the mother leave ak with my child then file divorced from another state

I don't feel safe for me or my child. I have no support no family here other than my children the father is on probation for a dv on me at this time

Stefan Otterson
Stefan Otterson answered on Jan 29, 2018

You are free to move wherever you want, as long as there's not already a divorce case pending. (To the extent it's safe, you should still provide whatever visitation you can with the other parent.)

You will need to check the divorce jurisdiction law in the state you're moving to. There's...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Civil Rights and Domestic Violence for Alaska on
Q: If i taken care of my children all the years and father tries to take them away is it possible he can take them?

And he has been on child support for years and has never been present ever not even a birthday or holiday and barely any phone calls made. Is it possible he can take them away from me?

Stefan Otterson
Stefan Otterson answered on Jan 25, 2018

If you have a custody order, then his rights are defined by that. If you have never gotten a custody order from the court, then you both have equal rights. In that case, you should file a Custody Complaint in court, and get the court to determine what is appropriate. If the father has not had... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights and Domestic Violence for Alaska on
Q: Can they take my kids because I was going to the battered woman's shelter?
Stefan Otterson
Stefan Otterson answered on Feb 13, 2017

No, there must be evidence of abuse or neglect, or failure to protect from abuse at the hands of another. That may or may not be present when a battered woman's shelter is involved. If there has been domestic violence, the question is whether the children have been exposed to it, and whether you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Arbitration / Mediation Law and Domestic Violence for Alaska on
Q: married 6 mts.,both names are on morgage but I make all payments/upkeep,who will get house,got house together

before we were married,hes only on paperwork because of my credit,I make more money,does he have right to 401k/retirement.

Stefan Otterson
Stefan Otterson answered on Oct 27, 2016

Normally retirement savings, any other savings, and any other assets (just the equity) accumulated during the marriage are considered marital assets and the court is supposed to divide them up fairly. Six months is a very short marriage, so the court may simply try to return you both to the... Read more »

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