In Washington, as in every other state, family law questions rest firmly within the jurisdiction of state law. Readers of the Spokane Family Law Blog will recall a recent post discussing an effort in the House of Representatives to provide federal protection for military service members in child custody battles.
For seven years, one U.S. representative has tried to pass the Servicemember Family Protection Act. The bill mandates that the deployment of a parent must not be a consideration in child custody cases here in Spokane and throughout the country. What could possibly be the problem with a federal law protecting the child custody rights of deployed soldiers?