Custody is a tricky matter in all divorces. The question of which parent gets to make important decisions regarding a child’s wellbeing (legal custody), as well as who gets physical custody of the child, is something that can be heavily disputed between the two parties.
In a military divorce, the same is true. It’s also possible that the factor of being away on active military deployment plays a big role. In order to find out who gets custody in a military divorce, you should contact an experienced divorce lawyer.
Clearly, the physical absence of a parent under any circumstances generates the necessity for an interim plan. In the case of an active military deployment, however, it’s important to understand that the spouse serving their country will not be permanently deprived of their right to custody due to this sacrifice.
Usually, when one spouse is away on active duty, the other will be granted temporary primary custody of the children. However, the other spouse does not forfeit their right to custody entirely. Upon completion of their military service, they have the right to request a return to a more equal, or joint, custody arrangement.
Child custody is difficult under any circumstances. Whether you or your spouse is away on military deployment or just come back, speaking to a family law specialist can help you protect your rights.
Don’t let any major decisions regarding the custody of your children be made without consulting an attorney first. At The Law Office of Laurence J. Brock, family law specialists serving Rancho Cucamonga and Southern California, we’re ready to help you protect the rights of your family.
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