Family Law

  • Brennan v. Brennan In Brennan v. Brennan, the Supreme Court of Alaska held that to determine whether separate property has been transmuted into marital property through an implied inter-spousal gift, a court must determine whether the owning spouse intended “to donate or convey separate property to the marital unit or marital estate.”  Kelly Brennan formed a fishing business ...
  • Mengisteab v. Oates In Mengisteab v. Oates, the supreme court held that, in deciding child custody when a parent decides to physically relocate, a court must consider the effect the move may have on stability and continuity in a child’s life.  Mengisteab and Oates were the separated mother and father of a young child.  Mengisteab had primary custody ...
  • Vince B. v. Sarah B. In Vince B. v. Sarah B., the supreme court held that the denial of an earlier petition for a protective order does not necessarily bar a court from considering the same conduct in deciding a later petition.  In September 2016, Vince and Sarah divorced and began sharing custody of their two sons.  They had separated ...
  • Jensen D. v. State, Dept. of Health and Social Services In Jensen D. v. State, Dept. of Health and Social Services, the supreme court held that it is not an abuse of discretion to deny a request for self-representation at a parental custody termination trial where the parent is either (1) incapable of presenting allegations in a rational and coherent manner, (2) unable to understand ...
  • Laura B. v. Wade B. In Laura B. v. Wade B., the Supreme Court of Alaska held that substantially modifying a custody agreement without holding a hearing to address the child’s best interests violates procedural due process.  Laura and Wade share legal custody and physical custody of their 17-year-old daughter.  In April of 2017, Wade moved for full custody.  After an ...
  • Solomon v. Solomon In Solomon v. Solomon, the Supreme Court of Alaska held that a trial court must make sufficient factual findings to allow review of its legal conclusion an individual has a history of domestic violence. Terrace and Wendy Solomon married in 1999 and had four children; the two separated in 2014, and in January 2015 Wendy ...
  • Kailyn S. v. Alaska Department of Health and Social Services In Kailyn S. v Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, the supreme court held that it is not an abuse of discretion to deny a motion for a continuance in a termination of parental rights hearing when the motion is only supported by a speculative assertion that it is necessary.  Kailyn, a mother, filed for ...
  • Maxwell v. Sosnowski In Maxwell v. Sosnowski, the supreme court held that a court may only award credit for post-separation mortgage payments for those payments made after the date of separation. Jill Maxwell and William Sosnowski permanently separated on May 31, 2013, and were later divorced. During their marriage, they had purchased a triplex in Anchorage together. Sosnowski ...
  • Dean S. v. State, Department of Health & Social Services In Dean S. v. State, Department of Health & Social Services, the supreme court held that a superior court’s procedurally proper denial of a motion to withdraw consent to adoption will not be overturned absent clear error established by a “definite impression” of factual error in the record. Dean and Emily S. were investigated by ...
  • Wyman v. Whitson In Wyman v. Whitson, the supreme court held that because fishing permits and quota shares are perpetual intangible assets with an indefinite useful life, an amortization of those assets is not deductible from income for child support purposes. Wyman, a self-employed commercial fisherman, owned several fishing permits and individual fishing quota shares as part of ...

Family Law

  • Brennan v. Brennan In Brennan v. Brennan, the Supreme Court of Alaska held that to determine whether separate property has been transmuted into marital property through an implied inter-spousal gift, a court must determine whether the owning spouse intended “to donate or convey separate property to the marital unit or marital estate.”  Kelly Brennan formed a fishing business ...
  • Mengisteab v. Oates In Mengisteab v. Oates, the supreme court held that, in deciding child custody when a parent decides to physically relocate, a court must consider the effect the move may have on stability and continuity in a child’s life.  Mengisteab and Oates were the separated mother and father of a young child.  Mengisteab had primary custody ...
  • Vince B. v. Sarah B. In Vince B. v. Sarah B., the supreme court held that the denial of an earlier petition for a protective order does not necessarily bar a court from considering the same conduct in deciding a later petition.  In September 2016, Vince and Sarah divorced and began sharing custody of their two sons.  They had separated ...
  • Jensen D. v. State, Dept. of Health and Social Services In Jensen D. v. State, Dept. of Health and Social Services, the supreme court held that it is not an abuse of discretion to deny a request for self-representation at a parental custody termination trial where the parent is either (1) incapable of presenting allegations in a rational and coherent manner, (2) unable to understand ...
  • Laura B. v. Wade B. In Laura B. v. Wade B., the Supreme Court of Alaska held that substantially modifying a custody agreement without holding a hearing to address the child’s best interests violates procedural due process.  Laura and Wade share legal custody and physical custody of their 17-year-old daughter.  In April of 2017, Wade moved for full custody.  After an ...
  • Solomon v. Solomon In Solomon v. Solomon, the Supreme Court of Alaska held that a trial court must make sufficient factual findings to allow review of its legal conclusion an individual has a history of domestic violence. Terrace and Wendy Solomon married in 1999 and had four children; the two separated in 2014, and in January 2015 Wendy ...
  • Kailyn S. v. Alaska Department of Health and Social Services In Kailyn S. v Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, the supreme court held that it is not an abuse of discretion to deny a motion for a continuance in a termination of parental rights hearing when the motion is only supported by a speculative assertion that it is necessary.  Kailyn, a mother, filed for ...
  • Maxwell v. Sosnowski In Maxwell v. Sosnowski, the supreme court held that a court may only award credit for post-separation mortgage payments for those payments made after the date of separation. Jill Maxwell and William Sosnowski permanently separated on May 31, 2013, and were later divorced. During their marriage, they had purchased a triplex in Anchorage together. Sosnowski ...
  • Dean S. v. State, Department of Health & Social Services In Dean S. v. State, Department of Health & Social Services, the supreme court held that a superior court’s procedurally proper denial of a motion to withdraw consent to adoption will not be overturned absent clear error established by a “definite impression” of factual error in the record. Dean and Emily S. were investigated by ...
  • Wyman v. Whitson In Wyman v. Whitson, the supreme court held that because fishing permits and quota shares are perpetual intangible assets with an indefinite useful life, an amortization of those assets is not deductible from income for child support purposes. Wyman, a self-employed commercial fisherman, owned several fishing permits and individual fishing quota shares as part of ...