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Women’s Legal Rights Handbook

Cover WLRHAlaska guarantees Alaskan women the legal right to be treated equally.  However, women often face problems exercising this right: they may have difficulty obtaining work because of their sex; they may be unable to collect child or spousal support from former partners; they may not obtain a fair property settlement when leaving a non-marital relationship; or they may face discrimination or harassment in their workplace.

This handbook outlines legal rights affecting women in various areas. The handbook was updated in 2015 with chapters written by attorneys and assembled by ANDVSA. Be aware, however, that the law can change and is sometimes difficult to interpret.  If you have a legal problem, try to consult an attorney or government agency.

Copies of the print edition of the manual were distributed to member programs following its publication in 2015. If you are interested in ordering a copy, please contact ANDVSA for details.



Women’s Legal Rights Handbook 

ANDVSA’s Women’s Legal Rights Handbook was updated in 2015. Copies of the print edition of the manual were distributed to member programs following its publication in 2015 and now the online version is here for you to use! Click on each chapter to get a downloadable copy of the full chapter. The full PDF of the Women’s Legal Rights Handbook is available here. If you are interested in ordering a print copy, please contact ANDVSA for details at (907) 586-3650 or emailing

Acknowledgements and Funding

  1. Introduction
  2. Legal Representation
  3. Employment
  4. Credit, Debt Collection, & Bankruptcy
  5. Criminal Law and Victims’ Rights
  6. Violence Against Women- Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Stalking, & Human Trafficking
  7. Inheritance & Estate Planning
  8. Names, Name Changes, Social Security Number Changes, & Birth Certificates
  9. Involuntary Commitment
  10. Adoption
  11. Reproductive Rights
  12. Parent and Child
  13. Marriage and Domestic Partnerships
  14. Divorce, Dissolution, Child Custody, & Child Support
  15. Public Assistance
  16. Working with Immigrant Crime Victims

Glossary of Legal Terms

Resource Directory

Personalized Safety Plan

Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Member Programs

Funding for this project was provided through the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.  This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-WF-AX-0044 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice.  Points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.


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ANDVSA's members are the 18 domestic violence and sexual assault victim service agencies within Alaska. If you have forgotten your password, please contact the Juneau office.

Contact Information

Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
130 Seward St., Suite 214
Juneau, Alaska 99801
(907) 586-3650



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