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Your military service could affect your custody arrangements

When a marriage fails to thrive, divorce is sometimes the best option. Dissolving your marriage will be a rough process. It is generally not an easy thing for anyone to deal with, especially if children are in the picture. If you are a military service member, as numerous California residents are, you may find that your job only adds to the stress of an already difficult situation, especially as it can affect final custody arrangements.

The simple truth is that military divorce is in a class all to itself. There are things that military families have to deal with that civilian families do not. Deployments and frequent reassignments, for example, make life particularly hard. These things also make filing for divorce and determining child custody quite challenging.

How to create a custody agreement

Creating a custody agreement in a military divorce is pretty much the same as it is for those going through a civilian divorce. Parents have the opportunity to work out a plan that they feel will best serve their family. You and your spouse can accomplish this through private negotiations or in mediation. The final agreement will have to receive court approval before it becomes active. If parents cannot agree to custody terms, it may be up to a judge to decide.

Special concerns

When putting together a custody plan, military parents have to take their jobs into consideration. While your status as a service member should not impact your ability to have custody of your children, how custody or a visitation schedule will ultimately work for you depends on your deployments and reassignments.

For example, if awarded sole or joint custody, and the need arises to move out of state or out of country, you will likely have to file a custody order modification request. Simply moving your children with you and ignoring the other parent's right to custody or visitation could land you in some serious legal trouble. Of course, you can avoid all of this if you take the time to include provisions for potential moves and deployments in your initial custody order.

Get help from someone experienced in handling military divorces

Figuring out custody arrangements and finalizing a military divorce can take time. However, with the assistance of a family law attorney who has experience with handling military divorce cases, everything can be resolved in a swift and smooth manner.

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