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Legal Information: Alaska


Laws current as of August 9, 2023

What are the residency requirements to file for divorce or dissolution in Alaska?

To file for divorce or dissolution 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 The Alaska Courts website explains residency as follows: “You are in Alaska when you file and intend to stay as a resident.”1 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.

1Alaska Courts website; see also Alaska Statute § 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)