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Divorce and family law


Anchorage Divorce and Family Law Attorney

Protecting the Best Interests of the Family

When you are working through the legal system to resolve a family law concern, it is important to contact an attorney as early as possible. Seeking legal counsel preemptively often enables families to resolve legal matters before they spiral out of control.

If faith is important to you, and you want to follow the biblical standard that says disputes should be resolved outside of court, the sooner you contact me, the better the chance is that alternative dispute resolution is going to work for you. At my firm - the Law Office of Curtis W. Patteson, LLC - I represent clients throughout Anchorage, Alaska, and the surrounding communities in family law matters.

Providing a Full Range of Family Law Services

We handle all types of family law matters, including:


  • Divorce: I represent clients who are seeking dissolution of their marriage.
  • Military divorce: I can help you understand the special considerations of divorce if you or your spouse is or was in the military. This includes retirement and survivability matters (SBP).
  • Child custody and visitation: Alaska courts favor shared custody. I represent clients to help ensure they receive fair time with their children. Please click here for my custody questionnaire.
  • Child support: Child support is based on a statutory equation. If it is completed incorrectly, it is hard to correct. Working with a lawyer can help ensure it is completed correctly the first time.
  • Paternity suits: I represent men and women who are seeking DNA testing. If a parent is proven, I can also help clients establish visitation or child support.
  • Division of marital property: I work with clients to determine what property each brought into the marriage and what needs to be divided. Please click here for my property questionnaire.
  • Modifications: If your situation has changed since your original child support, visitation or custody order was created, I may be able to help get your order modified.
  • Family agreement: Many clients know what they would like included, and I can help them draft an agreement that reflects it.
    Legal separation: I work with clients to divide their property before the divorce.
  • Reconciliation agreements: If you are getting back together with a former spouse, I can help draft agreements that may keep some of your assets separate.
  • Domestic violence: I represent clients who are involved in domestic violence actions. The law regarding domestic violence was recently modified, and I can help you understand the impact it could have on your child custody arrangements.
  • Adoption: I represent clients in a wide variety of adoptions including stepparent adoption. This includes contacting the biological parent and terminating their parenting rights.
  • CINA: If you are trying to regain parental rights to your child after the State stepped in, I can help. I represent clients in CINA (Child in Need of Aid) cases.