Alaska operates as an “equitable distribution” state. Both joint and separate property that is deemed to be acquired during the marriage will be divided in a “just” manner. Any fault of the spouses shall not be taken into account. If necessary, to achieve a fair result in a “fault-based” divorce action, property acquired before the marriage may be divided also. In a “no-fault” divorce or dissolution of marriage action, property acquired prior to the marriage will not be divided unless the spouses agree or it is in the best interests of any children to do so. Gifts and inheritances are also subject to division by the court. The division of property in an Alaska divorce must be done fairly in accordance to the economic effect of the dissolution of the marriage. The courts will then look at individual factors in the marriage to render and effective judgment for both parties.