Entertainment Love and Romance Child Custody in Alaska Share PINTEREST Email Print Image taken by Mayte Torres / Getty Images Love and Romance Divorce Relationships Sexuality Teens LGBTQ Friendship By Debrina Washington Family law attorney and writer University of Pittsburgh School of Law Skidmore College Debrina L. Washington is a New York-based family law attorney and writer, who runs her own virtual practice to assist single parents with legal issues. our editorial process Debrina Washington Updated May 23, 2019 In Alaska, a child custody order is based on the best interests of the child. Parents who wish to file for child custody in Alaska should first become familiar with the child custody laws of this state. Factors Considered Before Awarding Child Custody in Alaska Upon divorce, a court in Alaska will grant custody of the children of the marriage to either parent, considering the following factors: The age and gender of the childrenThe moral character of the parents Prior to a custody determination, a court in Alaska will make a temporary custody determination, based on the safety and well-being of the children. Joint Child Custody in Alaska An Alaskan court will always consider joint custody or any other custody arrangement that is in the best interests of the children. When making a determination for joint custody, the court will consider the following factors: Each parent's agreement or lack of agreement regarding joint custodyAny history of child abuse, spousal abuse, or kidnappingEach parent's willingness to encourage a loving and meaningful relationship with his/her co-parentThe geographical proximity of the parents to each other, as it relates to joint physical custodyEach parent's ability to cooperate with one another and make decisions together A family court in Alaska will order joint custody without the consent of the parents if it's in the best interests of the child. Domestic Violence and Child Custody in Alaska In Alaska, a court will consider a finding of domestic violence against a parent, in a child custody proceeding. Primarily, the court will consider the following factors when making a child custody determination: The safety and well-being of the children and of the parent who is the victim of the domestic violenceThe extent of the perpetrator's history of domestic violence For more information about child custody in Alaska, refer to the Alaska Domestic Relations statute or speak with a qualified attorney in Alaska.