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Otterson Law & Mediation, P.C.
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  • Alaska
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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).

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/Mediation, Consumer - Arbitration/Mediation, Family - Arbitration/Mediation
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
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • French: Written
  • German: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
University of Utah
MBA (1988)
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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University of Utah
B.A. (1984) | English with writing emphasis, German minor
Honors: Summa Cum Laude
Activities: Graduation speaker, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi
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Professional Associations
Alaska State Bar  # 8811198
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Alaska Association of Collaborative Professionals
- Current
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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
Websites & Blogs
Stefan Otterson's Website Profile
Otterson Law & Mediation, P.C. Website
Legal Answers
83 Questions Answered
Q. If my parental rights were terminated and my daughters were adopted by their grandparents, how do I go about seeing them
A: It sounds as though your rights were terminated without your consent. If that's the case, then you just have to ask nicely, because it's completely up to the adoptive parents whether they allow visits or not. The prevailing thought on adoptions is that it is good for kids to have some contact with their biological parents if that can be done in a healthy way. So it's your job to convince the adoptive parents that you'll handle the visits in a positive way that doesn't undermine the kids' bond with their adoptive parents.
Q. Grandmother adopted children from OCS can mother live there after her parental rights were terminated
A: As the adoptive parent, the grandmother has the legal right to make all decisions for the child, including who is around the child. So the unfit bio mother being there is not in itself a problem. However, like all parents, the grandmother could lose her parental rights just like the mother did. If she leaves the child unsupervised with the bio mother and something bad happens, then OCS will have good reason to take action, including possible removal of the child from the grandmother/adoptive mother's care. Depending on how bad the bio mother's troubles were, just leaving the child with her unsupervised might, in itself, be considered too risky. If a report were filed with OCS, and their investigation found the child had been harmed or exposed to unreasonable risk of harm, they could open a new Child In Need of Aid case. ... Read More
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. ... Read More
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Otterson Law & Mediation, P.C.
8240 Sandlewood PI
Anchorage, AK 99507
Telephone: (907) 868-5050
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