How to get divorced in Alaska

Tags: Alaska

By Steffan Lawson

Published Jul 20, 2022

Requirements to file for an Alaska divorce

  • When you file, you must be an Alaskan resident. Getting a divorce in Alaska doesn’t depend on being a resident for a specific amount of time.

  • Military: A person serving in the military and their spouse will be able to file for divorce in Alaska as long as they have been stationed in Alaska for 30+ days.

Grounds for divorce in Alaska

Alaska allows for both no fault and fault based divorces to be filed by a spouse.

No fault divorce

A no fault divorce means that the relationship between you and your spouse has irreconcilable differences and both parties agree that the marriage is over. In order for a divorce to be considered, no one party can be at fault for the dissolution of the marriage.

Reasons for a no Fault Divorce

  • Incompatibly: You and your spouse have agreed that the marriage has reached a point of irreparable. As mentioned above, no party is at fault for a non fault divorce in Alaska. You and your spouse just growing apart over the years will be more than enough to be able to file for a non contested divorce and will make the divorce process much easier and faster.

Fault divorce

Fault divorces aren’t as common as most people think across the United States. Unlike No fault divorces, fault divorces occur when one spouse files a divorce based on the fault of another spouse. The typical at fault divorce reason is for adultery.

Reasons for at Fault Divorces

  • Adultery: A spouse has sexual intercourse with someone other than their spouse.

    • Failure to consummate: An inability or refusal to have sexual relations with a spouse.

    • Cruelty or violence: Repetitive abuse (physically or verbal) or inhumane treatment.

    • Willful desertion: A spouse up and leaves a marriage for at least for 1 year.

    • Drug or Alcohol addiction: Drug or substance abuse.

    • Conviction of Felony: A spouse received a felony while married.

    • Incompatibility of temperament: Both spouses are not able to harmoniously live together without conflict.

    • Mental illness: A spouse was admitted into an institution for at least 18 mos.