Child Custody Considerations for Members of the Military

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Many service members have custody of, or visitation rights with, children whose other parent is not the service member's current spouse. Absences due to military service can undermine and disrupt existing arrangements, creating stress on parents and children. Military service can directly and significantly influence child custody issues. Learn what processes and protections are available to help you with the impact of deployments and moves on your current arrangements. Get information about:

  • Family care plans
  • Custody issues related to relocation
  • Your rights under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act
  • Individual state laws related to military child custody
  • Installation legal assistance

A parent's military service can present a number of issues related to child custody. Deployments and frequent relocations may require service members to give up custody temporarily; and upon the parent's return, service members sometimes face difficult custody battles. Here are some things to consider when dealing with child custody issues.

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