Anchorage Family Law Lawyer, Alaska


Includes: Collaborative Law, Domestic Violence & Neglect, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements

Ian Wheeles

Family Law, Criminal, Estate Planning, Wills & Probate
Status:  In Good Standing           

Pamela S. Sullivan

Administrative Law, Criminal, DUI-DWI, Family Law
Status:  In Good Standing           

Phyllis Shepherd

Family Law
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Kenneth M. Wasche

Wills & Probate, Labor Law, Family Law, Business Organization
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Suzanne Lombardi

Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody, Divorce & Family Law
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  30 Years

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Curtis Wayne Patteson

Social Security -- Disability, Wills & Probate, Family Law, Business Organization
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  17 Years

Maurice Nathaniel Ellis

Landlord-Tenant, Wills & Probate, Family Law, Divorce
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  28 Years

Herbert M. Pearce

Family Law, Divorce, Divorce & Family Law, Criminal
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  28 Years

Lance C. Wells

Litigation, International Other, Family Law, Personal Injury, Juvenile Law
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  29 Years

Maryann E. Foley

Family Law, Child Support, Child Custody, Adoption, Divorce & Family Law
Status:  In Good Standing           

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LEGAL TERMS

PHYSICAL CUSTODY

The right and obligation of a parent to have his child live with him. Compare legal custody.

PETITIONER

A person who initiates a lawsuit. A synonym for plaintiff, used almost universally in some states and in others for certain types of lawsuits, most commonly div... (more...)
A person who initiates a lawsuit. A synonym for plaintiff, used almost universally in some states and in others for certain types of lawsuits, most commonly divorce and other family law cases.

BRIEF

A document used to submit a legal contention or argument to a court. A brief typically sets out the facts of the case and a party's argument as to why she shoul... (more...)
A document used to submit a legal contention or argument to a court. A brief typically sets out the facts of the case and a party's argument as to why she should prevail. These arguments must be supported by legal authority and precedent, such as statutes, regulations and previous court decisions. Although it is usually possible to submit a brief to a trial court (called a trial brief), briefs are most commonly used as a central part of the appeal process (an appellate brief). But don't be fooled by the name -- briefs are usually anything but brief, as pointed out by writer Franz Kafka, who defined a lawyer as 'a person who writes a 10,000 word decision and calls it a brief.'

CUSTODIAL INTERFERENCE

The taking of a child from his or her parent with the intent to interfere with that parent's physical custody of the child. This is a crime in most states, even... (more...)
The taking of a child from his or her parent with the intent to interfere with that parent's physical custody of the child. This is a crime in most states, even if the taker also has custody rights.

DISSOLUTION

A term used instead of divorce in some states.

ACKNOWLEDGED FATHER

The biological father of a child born to an unmarried couple who has been established as the father either by his admission or by an agreement between him and t... (more...)
The biological father of a child born to an unmarried couple who has been established as the father either by his admission or by an agreement between him and the child's mother. An acknowledged father must pay child support.

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE

An order from a judge that directs a party to come to court and convince the judge why she shouldn't grant an action proposed by the other side or by the judge ... (more...)
An order from a judge that directs a party to come to court and convince the judge why she shouldn't grant an action proposed by the other side or by the judge on her own (sua sponte). For example, in a divorce, at the request of one parent a judge might issue an order directing the other parent to appear in court on a particular date and time to show cause why the first parent should not be given sole physical custody of the children. Although it would seem that the person receiving an order to show cause is at a procedural disadvantage--she, after all, is the one who is told to come up with a convincing reason why the judge shouldn't order something--both sides normally have an equal chance to convince the judge to rule in their favor.

AMICUS CURIAE

Latin for 'friend of the court.' This term describes a person or organization that is not a party to a lawsuit as plaintiff or defendant but that has a strong i... (more...)
Latin for 'friend of the court.' This term describes a person or organization that is not a party to a lawsuit as plaintiff or defendant but that has a strong interest in the case and wants to get its two cents in. For example, the ACLU often submits materials to support a person who claims a violation of civil rights even though that person is represented by a lawyer.

GUARDIANSHIP

A legal relationship created by a court between a guardian and his ward--either a minor child or an incapacitated adult. The guardian has a legal right and duty... (more...)
A legal relationship created by a court between a guardian and his ward--either a minor child or an incapacitated adult. The guardian has a legal right and duty to care for the ward. This may involve making personal decisions on his or her behalf, managing property or both. Guardianships of incapacitated adults are more typically called conservatorships .

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

BEN M. v. STATE, DHSS, OCS

... pure question of law which we review de novo. [3] Finally, the question of whether OCS used active remedial efforts to reunify the family is a mixed question of law and fact. [4] When reviewing mixed questions of law and fact ...

MAISY W. v. STATE, DEPT. OF HEALTH AND SS

... 1264 Paul J. Ewers, Law Office of Paul Ewers, Fairbanks, for Appellant ... mental injury, neglect, and parental substance abuse; that the mother had failed to remedy the conduct that placed the children at risk; that the state had made sufficient efforts to try to help the family; and that ...

Gottstein v. Kraft

... As the UMPA itself states, its creation of a "present equal undivided interest for each spouse" during marriage represents "a distinct departure from existing versions of `marital property' arising out of equitable distribution developments in family law." UNIF. MARITAL PROP. ...