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Will military service impact your child custody case?

Serving as a member of the United States military requires dedication. After all, not only do you have to complete training, but you have to abide by the orders and commands you receive from those higher up in the military. You must have a willingness to place your own desires below the demands of protecting and serving the country.

Unfortunately, many people in the service also find that the unpredictable nature of that work can impact their marriage and later the relationship with their children. If you currently serve in the military, it is only natural to wonder what impact your service will have on the custody proceedings in your divorce.

While each divorce is unique, it is possible to look at your circumstances and determine what the likeliest outcomes are. The courts can often accommodate difficult schedules, including full-time work schedules and military schedules, in a parenting plan.

Could you be sent overseas?

The single most pressing factor in military divorce child custody proceedings will be the status of the military parent. Specifically, will the military parent remain stationed domestically, or is there potential for a deployment overseas? If there is potential for international deployment or a move to a new base in the foreseeable future, that could impact the way that the court splits off parenting time.

The courts may give the non-military spouse primary custody and order parenting time or visitation for the parent currently in the military. Depending on your family circumstances, the courts may order a shared custody scenario with special instructions in place in the event that you do find yourself deployed in the near future.

While overseas, you should make every effort to remain in close contact with your children. Letter writing and digital visitation can help you nurture the bond with your children while you are unable to see them face-to-face. Once you return to the United States, you may be able to add a modification that will allow you more parenting time with your children.

Just because your job is demanding doesn't mean you can't be there for your kids

Sometimes, the emotional impact of a military divorce can leave the service member feeling withdrawn or depressed. They may choose not to pursue their rights to visitation or shared custody with their children. They may simply pour themselves into their job as a way of coping with the stress of their marriage ending.

Whether you are currently in the process of getting divorce or are just starting to realize that you need a modification so that you can spend more time with your children, experienced legal representation can help you advocate for yourself as a parent.

Your kids will have the best and happiest future if you are a part of it as well as your ex. You have every right to seek shared custody and visitation with your children, even if your military career means that you don't always get to spend as much quality time with the children as you would like.

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