While military action has not made major headlines in the last few weeks, overseas deployments still occur (and will continue to do so). If you are a single or newly divorced enlisted parent, you understand that you may be deployed again. Because of this possibility, several things should be in order when you receive deployment orders.
This post will highlight a few of them.
Your custody or parenting time order should be up to date – Deployments undoubtedly affect parenting time schedules and custody arrangements. As such, the current court order should be modified so that your rights are protected, regardless of whether you are a primary caretaker or are subject to a parenting time schedule.
Put your support system in place – Some enlisted parents shoulder the burden of a great deal of family responsibilities, but when deployments occur, someone else has to step up and perform. This is where a reliable support system comes into play. Before leaving, it is critical to make sure that everyone understands their roles.
Indeed, military deployments are not easy, logistically and emotionally. They can be complicated and be ordered with little notice. Because of this, deployed parents are entitled to a number of legal protections. This is why an experienced family law attorney is necessary to help military personnel understand their rights and options. If you are going to be deployed and have unresolved family law questions, we invite you to contact us.
The preceding is for informational purposes only. It is not legal advice.