Alaska is known as the biggest state as well as one of the coldest
regions of the United States. Simply because this vast land mass is not
landlocked to the other forty-eight states does not mean that all other
federal laws do not apply. In fact it is governed by all of the
necessary federal regulations as well as its own state laws, where
federal laws do not stipulate.
Many of these laws include bankruptcy laws, labor laws, felony laws,
gun laws, divorce laws, DUI laws, and many others. Despite being
physically apart from the continental United States, Alaska's state
laws are very similar to nearly any other state.
The bankruptcy laws for Alaska have recently been altered by the
federal bankruptcy requires. Filing for bankruptcy in the past was
often quick, simple, and could easily been done through do-it-yourself
systems. Now bankruptcy laws require three times as much paperwork for
a single filing. Additional paperwork was added to eliminate those who
use bankruptcy as an easy way out of paying their credit card bills.
Alaska, in fact, states that bankruptcy is only for those who have
encountered extreme medical bills, the loss of employment, the loss of
an important client, or other personal situations where debts amounted
Where individuals are allowed to file for divorce depends on their
state and county of residency. This is true for the state of Alaska as
well as all other states. Alaska has set specific residency
requirements that state an individual must be a current Alaska citizen
prior to filing for divorce.
Those who are stationed in Alaska for military duties are consider
Alaska citizens after residing thirty days. Each individual filing for
divorce is to file in his or her county of residency. This is a state
and federal requirement as the county circuit courts handle all divorce
cases. If a divorce suit is filed to the wrong county, the case will be
There is currently no federal law requiring employers to pay their
employees for any sick leave taken. This leaves the decision to the
state level. Alaskan state law however also does not require that
employees receive payment for taking sick time. Employers may then, at
their own discretion, choose to provide paid sick leave or choose to
pay for any unused sick leave when an employee is terminated.
Many employers believe that sick leave is often abused, so many
businesses and companies have chosen to provide paid time off instead.
This is also not required by the state but is an option.
In many states individuals who have been convicted of some misdemeanors
or felonies may later have their records expunged. The state of Alaska
only allows cases of identity theft, mistaken identity, or any other
form of mistaken charges to be expunged.
The state allows driving under the influence charges to be later
sealed, but only if the individual was accidentally charged, was later
pardoned, or had the warrant later reversed. Both misdemeanors and
felonies cannot be expunged unless mistakenly charged.