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Stefan Otterson
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  • Alaska
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Biography

Stefan Otterson has lived and practiced law in Anchorage since 1988. Stefan lived and worked in Europe for three years before attending the University of Utah, graduating suma cum laude in 1984. He received both an MBA and Law Degree from the University of Utah schools of Business and Law in 1988. Stefan started out in private commercial legal practice, but joined the Attorney General’s Office in 1990. There he was a child protection and juvenile delinquency prosecutor, and also represented the Divisions of Public Safety, Mental Health, and Medicaid. Since 2000 Stefan has practiced family law in courts all over Southcentral, Southwest and Northwest Alaska. Stefan is also trained in mediation and collaborative law, and has been a mediator for the court system, and a child advocate (guardian ad litem).

Education
University of Utah
MBA (1988)
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Honors: Wm & Opal Fields Scholarship
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The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
J.D. (1988)
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B.A. (1984) | English with writing emphasis, German minor
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Honors: Summa Cum Laude
Activities: Graduation speaker, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi
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Professional Experience
Otterson Law & Mediation, P.C.
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Speaking Engagements
Adoptive Parent Training, Quarterly Adoptive Parent Workshops, Anchorage
Catholic Social Services
Legal portion of adoptive parent training
Adoptive Parent Training, Quarterly Adoptive Parent Workshops, Anchorage
Catholic Social Services
Legal portion of adoptive parent training
Professional Associations
Alaska State Bar  # 8811198
Member
Current
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Alaska Association of Collaborative Professionals
Member
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Alaska
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Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Practice Areas
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
    Arbitration & Mediation
    Business Arbitration, Consumer Arbitration, Family Arbitration
    Divorce
    Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
    Juvenile Law
    Appeals & Appellate
    Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Victims Rights , Victims Rights
Additional Practice Areas
  • Adoption
  • Collaborative Law
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • Child Abuse & Neglect
  • OCS Relative Placement
Languages
  • French: Written
  • German: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. If my grandkids in Michigan are removed from their mother's care, her wish is to have them sent to me in Alaska.
A: It sounds like the kids are already in the custody of the state in Michigan. That means you will have to work with their Child Protective Services office (CPS). Ask your daughter for the contact information for the assigned social worker and contact that person to let them know you are requesting placement with you. Michigan can't send a child to another state without the other state's permission, so there's a complicated process that has to occur before the move can be made. You'll need to keep the pressure on the social worker to start that process immediately, and to follow through. Then you'll need to cooperate fully, providing any information or documentation that's requested without delay. If the CPS social worker doesn't move quickly enough, you may need to hire an attorney in Michigan to find out if court intervention would help. There is an expedited process that requires a court order, and state agencies are never motivated to do all the work required to get that order. You may have other rights under Michigan law, for which you'd need to consult a Michigan attorney with CPS experience.
Q. I'm in a divorce with no underage children. I have a question about emotional abuse and mediation:
A: 1. The reason for the divorce is generally not relevant to property division. 2&3. In Alaska, mediation is always voluntary. The court will order mediation if the parties both agree it would be useful, but would probably not do so if one party tells the court that emotional abuse is a concern. (However, mediation can sometimes be useful even in high conflict situations. You would need to let the mediator know the history of emotional abuse, and you might ask that the mediator not put the two of you together, but rather shuttle back and forth between you.) Even if the court ordered mediation, the only obligation is to show up and make an effort. Either party can pull the plug at any time if it's not productive. The judge generally doesn't get details of why a mediation failed to conclude, so that wouldn't count against you.
Q. Can I take my child back from a guardian before court date. I’m trying to move
A: The short answer is no. You are not allowed to take back custody without court permission. However, depending on the facts and the terms of the guardianship order, there may be a way to take the child with you, as long as the court hearing is coming up in the near future. You should have an attorney evaluate the case, as so much depends on the specific facts and the terms of the order.
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Websites & Blogs
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Otterson Law & Mediation, P.C. Website
Contact & Map
Otterson Law & Mediation, P.C.
425 G St
#714
Anchorage, AK 99501
Telephone: (907) 868-5050