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Child custody as a military parent

Being in the military can mean that you are required to spend long periods of time away from your family. This can have a big impact on any marriage, and if divorce becomes a reality, it is likely that you will become concerned about the future of the relationship between you and your children.

It is important to be practical as a member of the military and accept that you may not always be able to stick to a predictable visitation plan as many other parents can. However, you should also remember the rights you have as a loving and supportive parent.

How do courts decide on custody arrangements for military families?

Child custody courts in the United States always have one primary goal in mind: to make a ruling that is in the best interests of the child. This means that they will always want a child to be able to form a close bond with both parents as long as they are loving and supportive towards the child.

As a military person, it is a good idea to try and create a parenting plan that exists between you and the other parent. A parenting plan will have all of the information you both need for both visitation plans for the times when you are at home, and what type of arrangements need to be put in place when you are on active service.

It is possible for you to have custody of your children while in the military as long as there are robust plans in place for when you are deployed. If you are struggling with gaining custody of your children as a military parent, it is important to stand up for your rights.

Source: Military, "Military Divorce: Dividing Children, Pay and Pensions," accessed June 08, 2018

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