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How will my military service affect child custody?

Military life is hard on a family. Unfortunately, many couples in Kentucky and elsewhere end up getting divorced because it can all be too much to bear. While going through the dissolution process may be the best thing for the couple, if they have children, it can take a real toll on their little lives. This is especially true if you have to deal with frequent deployments or moves. How does child custody work when military service is a factor?

While your military status should not ultimately affect custody arrangements, the simple truth is that it does. You still have your rights as a parent, but how often you will actually be around will matter when it comes time to determine who will get the kids, for how long and how often.

Creating child custody arrangements

The process of putting together child custody arrangements is the same for military couples as it is for civilian couples. Parents can talk things out in private, with the assistance of legal counsel or in mediation. If any of those options fail to produce acceptable terms, a judge can decide how it will all work out in the end. No matter how one achieves a custody plan, before it becomes active, it must first receive court approval.

The care plan -- a military requirement

One thing that is different for parents who are service members is the family care plan. This is something that the military requires parents to have in place following a divorce. Information in the care plan is to include:

  • Name and contact information of a short-term caretaker
  • Name and contact information of a long-term caretaker
  • Highly detailed care instructions

The short-term caretaker may be a military spouse or other non-military member. The long-term caretaker cannot be a service member. Still have questions about this? Your legal counsel can provide further detail about the military family care plan.

Do not just seek help from anyone when going through a military divorce

Military divorces kind of have a life of their own. Service members simply have things to worry about that do not affect civilians. This is why having an attorney who understands how military divorce and child custody works is so important. With the right help, your divorce and custody issues can be resolved a swiftly as possible.

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