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Legal Information: Alaska


December 18, 2019

What are the residency requirements for divorce in Alaska?

To file for divorce in Alaska either you or your spouse must be a resident of Alaska.1  Unlike many other states, the law does not set out a specific time period of residency before you can file.  In Alaska, courts have interpreted residency as being physically present/domiciled in the state with the intent to remain in the state indefinitely and to make a home in the state.2  If you are uncertain if you would be considered a “resident,” we suggest talking to an attorney who specializes in divorce in Alaska prior to filing.  See our AK Finding a Lawyer page for legal referrals.

1 Alaska Statute §§ 25.24.080; 25.24.090
2 See Alaska Statute § 01.10.055(a); see also Perito v. Perito, 756 P.2d 895 (Supr. Ct 1988), citing Adams v. Adams, 522 P.2d 1125 (Supr. Ct 1974)