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Military divorce and the sensitive issue of child custody

Divorce is difficult on every member of the family, and the children are no exception. Parents know that the decisions that they make regarding custody will have an impact on the lives of the youngest members of the family for years to come, and they should approach these issues thoughtfully and carefully.

Florida military families face the same issues that other families face during divorce, but the call of duty, potential deployments and other service-related issues compound and magnify the difficulty of child custody after divorce. If you are a military service member or are married to one and are facing the prospect of a divorce, you would be wise to secure experienced legal guidance as early as possible in the divorce process.

The unique issues present in a military divorce

A military divorce requires that parents consider many difficult and complex issues regarding child custody. Some of the issues that may affect custody and visitation include:

  • Potential deployments
  • Temporary duty assignments
  • Child relocation laws
  • Relocations and reassignments

In reality, military service does not mean that a parent must compromise his or her custody rights. It takes an experienced attorney and careful consideration of all related factors to draft a workable, sustainable child custody order.

A family care plan

If a single parent is in the military or both parents are active duty military personnel, the family will be required to draft a family care plan. This will address who will provide care for the children in case of a deployment, including:

  • Short-term caretaker
  • Long-term caretaker
  • Care provision details

It can be difficult to make decisions regarding what will happen to your children after divorce. These are complicated, often emotionally charged issues, but you do not have to make these plans alone. With experienced guidance, you can lay the foundation for a strong post-divorce future.

A stable tomorrow for your family

There is no such thing as an easy divorce. However, you can deal with important issues such as child custody and visitation with the motivation and desire to protect the best interests of your kids above any temporary emotion. Whether you are a military member or the spouse of one, you have parental rights and the option to fight for a beneficial, stable future for you and your kids.

The thought of walking through the divorce process may overwhelm you, but you do not have to walk through it alone. You will find it beneficial to reach out to a lawyer with experience in the nuances of a military divorce.

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