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How Does Child Custody Work in a Military Divorce?

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For military couples considering divorce, there is the additional challenge of determining child custody when one or both spouses are in the military. If you are in this situation, it is important to understand how child custody is determined in a military divorce and what factors may influence the outcome.

Determining Child Custody

If you are going through a military divorce, there are some considerations that will come into play when determining child custody. For example, if one parent is deployed far away or overseas, the other parent may be awarded primary custody. Courts will generally look at things like:

  • Location of deployments
  • Frequency of deployments
  • Relocations

It is important to note that even if one parent is awarded primary custody, the other parent will still typically have visitation rights. The court will determine the amount and schedule of visitation based on what is in the best interests of the child.

The Importance of Having a Parenting Plan

A parenting plan is a document that outlines how children will be cared for in the event that one parent is deployed or otherwise unavailable. The plan should include contact information for the non-custodial parent, as well as other relatives or friends who can provide child care in their absence. The plan should also specify how parenting time will be divided between the parents and any other arrangements that need to be made in order to ensure the best possible care for the children.

There are many reasons why it is essential to have a parenting plan in place before getting divorced.

  • It can help prevent disputes over child custody and visitation - If both parents have agreed on a plan ahead of time, there is less room for disagreement later on.
  • A parenting plan can provide stability for children during a time of upheaval - Having a set schedule and knowing who will be taking care of them can help ease some of the stress associated with divorce.
  • It can help prevent issues with child support payments - If both parents know how much time each will be spending with the children, there is less room for disagreement over child support payments.

How Owenby Law, P.A. Can Help

Couples in the military face a unique set of challenges when it comes to divorce. In addition to the usual difficulties associated with ending a marriage, military couples must also contend with issues like deployment, child custody, and spousal support. For these reasons, it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side who understands the complexities of military divorce. At Owenby Law, P.A., we have helped countless couples navigate the divorce process, and we are ready to help you too.

If you are thinking about initiating a divorce, call us today at (904) 770-3141 for a free and confidential consultation!