Court Fees | Fee Waiver
Administrative Rule 9 sets the fee schedule for all court proceedings and services. Here are the fees for opening various cases. There is a new $75 fee in divorce and custody cases to file a Motion to Modify Child Custody, Visitation or Support or Spousal Maintenance or Property Division. In other cases, there are no additional fees once you have opened a case unless you request copies, etc. If you are paying in person, you can pay by credit card, check or money order. If you are mailing the fee, you can pay by check or money order. Make the check or money order to “State of Alaska.”
|Type||Effective January 1, 2018|
|Change of Name (child or adult)||$200|
|Depositing a Will||$50|
Divorce, Dissolution, Custody or Paternity
Motion to Modify Child Custody, Visitation or Support or Spousal Maintenance or Property Division
|Domestic Violence Protective Order||Free|
|Probate of Estates||$250|
|Registration of a Foreign Order
(except Registration of Foreign Child Support Order is FREE)
|Small Claims||$50 if dispute is $2,500 or less; $100 if dispute is more than $2,500|
|Certification of documents||$10/first, $3 each additional|
|Copy fees per document (not page)||$5/first, $3 each additional|
Note: There are other fees associated with appealing a case.
If you cannot afford the fee, you may be eligible for a fee waiver. To ask the judge to waive your fees, you submit an:
Usually, you file the TF-920 with your complaint and other papers when you go to open your case. The court will hold on to your complaint until after the judge rules on the waiver. If it is granted, a summons will be issued. You cannot serve the other party until after you get the summons, and you will not get a summons until after the TF-920 has been ruled on. At some courts, you must return to the court to get your summons, other courts will issue it automatically after the waiver is granted.
Check with your local court to make sure you understand the procedure in using this form and getting the summons.
If you are requesting a fee waiver for a motion to modify, you should wait to serve the other side until you receive the fee waiver or pay the filing fee. Once you serve the other side, you'll need to file a certificate of service showing when and how you gave him/her a copy. You may file:
If you have not heard from the court within a week of filing the TF-920, be sure to call them. These requests are usually ruled upon within a few days.
| 2 January 2018
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