Bill Would Protect Child Custody Rights During Military Deployments


Bill Would Protect Child Custody Rights During Military Deployments


When active members of the military are deployed, their status can affect many different aspects of their lives.  This includes the prospect of child custody if a service member is pursuing a divorce during this time.  As it stands now, courts are supposed to generally decide child custody issues based on the best interests of a child.  If a parent is deployed, that can be a relevant factor in the ultimate decision of child custody.


However, that could be changing in the relatively near future.  A bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives that proposes that a court could not consider deployment of a parent as it considers the best interests of the child.  In addition, the bill states that if child custody was temporarily transferred while a parent was deployed, the original child custody arrangement would be restored when that parent returned.   Finally, in order to qualify for this provision, the parent’s orders would need to prohibit the accompaniment of family members and the deployment would need to be between 60 days and 18 months in duration.

Clearly, there has been a strong reaction on both sides of this issue.  Military supporters are hoping that the bill passes to provide one more layer of protection and one less worry to military members who are deployed.  Those against this bill are concerned about the potential confusion and even harm that could be done to children who are shuffled back and forth.

San Diego Military Divorce Lawyers

Anyone who serves our country deserves our praise and support, but people who are serving our country encounter the same problems as anyone else.  One of these common problems is that possibility that a marriage will end and that a child custody issue will be contested.  This is always an extremely difficult situation for anyone to handle.

If you are a member of the military and you are facing the possibility of contesting the issue of the custody of your children, you need to seek the help of San Diego child custody lawyers who have been fighting for the rights of our soldiers for many years.  Contact the Men’s Legal Center today to schedule an initial consultation.

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