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Filing for child custody as a member of the military

by | Sep 7, 2018 | Firm News, Military Divorce |

It can be hard enough to balance work and family life as a person with a regular “9 to 5” employment. But if you are a member of the military, it can be even more challenging to establish a routine as a parent, especially when you are separated.

This is why as a member of the military it is important that you take into account additional factors when filing for custody. Every responsible and loving parent has the right to a strong relationship with their child, and a child benefits from having regular quality time with each parent. By planning ahead, you can manage some of the challenges relating to child custody as a member of the military.

Relocation can be challenging as a military parent

One of the most challenging aspects of being a member of the military can be the prospect of moving states as part of your duty. You have the right to request that your child relocate with you, though the child custody courts will determine this based on many different factors, including an assessment of how it will likely affect the child.

Being called to active duty

Going on active duty can put a great deal of strain on families. However, you will be protected under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. This means that any court proceedings relating to a child custody dispute will be postponed until you are able to address them.

If you are navigating a child custody dispute as a member of the military, it is important to understand your rights.