Proposed Legislative Action on Behalf of Military Parents
Military parents are often concerned about how a military deployment could affect their child custody rights in the event of a divorce, especially if they are deployed for long periods of time. Thankfully, recent actions by Ohio Representative Michael Turner, and South Dakota Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth Sandlin may remove child custody and divorce concerns among military parents. In a recent meeting with Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the two Representatives called for a legislative action which, according to the Navy Times, would create a “national baseline standard protecting service members and allay any unrest about future deployment being used as a criterion in deciding military divorce child custody cases.”
So far, the Pentagon has been opposed to such a measure, despite Turner’s relentless efforts over the past three years. However, Gates made a promise to take another look at the concerns of service members.
The reason the Pentagon has been reluctant to make such a mandate is they feel the state courts are better able to assess what is in the best interests of children.
Iowa’s New Law Favors Service Members
Meanwhile, the state of Iowa introduced a new law on April 27 that clarifies the child custody rights of deployed military members to ensure they receive due process in the event of any proposed changes in child custody. In addition, it gives service members the right to designate specific members of their family the right to exercise visitation privileges in their absence.
If you have concerns about how your military deployment may affect your Colorado child custody rights in a divorce, the Marrison Family Law LLC has experienced Colorado Springs military divorce lawyers that can represent your interests in Colorado Springs court, even in your absence.