Can I get temporary emergency custody?
Maybe. This is a complicated area of the law, relating to the UCCJEA. You can file for temporary emergency custody in Alaska even if it is not the home state if the child is in the state and one of the following is true:
- the child has been abandoned or
- emergency custody is necessary to protect the child because the child or a sibling or parent of the child is has been mistreated or abused or has been threatened with mistreatment or abuse.2
However, you should know that once the court finds that there is no longer an emergency, it may transfer custody back to the home state.
If you want to know more about temporary emergency custody, please contact your local legal aid provider, a lawyer, or one of the resource centers listed on our AK Finding a Lawyer page.
1 Alaska Statute § 25.30.330(a)