As a divorcing parent, the profession that you have should never have to influence the custody you have over your children after the divorce has been finalized. However, when you are a member of the military, the duties that you have can potentially impose on your duties as a parent. This is why there may be implications on the custody agreement that is made.
The child custody courts always seek to make a decision based on what will be in the best interests of the child. Therefore, they will always want the child to have strong relationships with both parents as long as they do not pose a risk to the child.
What requirements are there for parents in the military?
If both divorcing parents are members of the military, they will be requirement to create a family care plan. This is a document that makes a plan for any eventuality, including if both parents have temporary assignments away from their home duty station at the same time. They must designate a short-term caretaker who is not a member of the military, as well as a long-term caretaker. In addition, there should be detailed instructions within the plan, explaining how to care for the child or children in question.
This family care plan should be reviewed by the commanding officer of each service member. It should also be reviewed annually and updated accordingly.
As a military parent, it is important that you stand up for your right to fair custody. With adequate planning, military parents can have a balanced family life as well as a military life.