Saask v. Yandell

In Saask v. Yandell, 702 P.2d 1327 (Alaska 1985), the Supreme Court of Alaska addressed a question of third party standing to seek child support arrearages. In that case, the child continued to live with his stepfather after his mother and stepfather divorced. The stepfather did not have legal custody or guardianship of the child. He brought suit against the child's father for child support arrearages, under the Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act ("URESA"). The father argued that the stepfather lacked standing to sue for arrearages because he was not the child's legal guardian. The Alaska court held that a person who supports and has physical custody of a child has standing to sue for child support arrearages under URESA.