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Facts to know regarding military family care plans

Many issues may affect divorce, especially for California spouses who happen to be members of the U.S. military. Such situations can be quite complicated as state laws, military regulations and other factors may influence the ultimate outcome of a particular situation. If you're a member of the military who is also a parent preparing for divorce, it's critical that you make sure your military family care plan is up to date.  

The military family care plan is an integral component of service members' lives, especially when they deploy. Regarding divorce, however, certain portions of your care plan may change or you may wish to add more specific instructions related to custody or visitation matters. As long as you're aware of your rights and know how to access support resources, you and your children may be able to smoothly transition to a new lifestyle.  

Make sure your military family care plan includes these details 

A major benefit of a military family care plan is that you can customize it to fit your family's particular needs and ultimate parenting goals, especially in relation to your divorce and possible future deployments. The following list includes basic facts regarding key factors in most family plans: 

  • You'll want to list all medical information for each of your children, including any special health concerns or needs and contact information of medical professionals to help address any problems that arise.  
  • On a more personal health note, you can also include instructions in your family care plan regarding vitamins you want your children to take or other health routines you want your care providers to continue while you're away.  
  • You may outline all daily routines so that your children can maintain a sense of structure and normalcy as much as possible while you are serving overseas. This includes bed times, school activities or social habits. 
  • Documents regarding an existing child custody, visitation or child support order should be easily accessible to any care provider who may need to review its contents.  
  • Your care providers should also have access to any military IDs, such as those required to access commissaries or medical facilities on base.  

Person-to-person discussions are always best when it comes to your children's best interests and your preparations for deployment. It's understandable you might worry about their well-being while you're away even though you have personally chosen their short- or long-term care providers.  

If problems arise 

Like all California military service members who are parents, if a particular problem occurs on the home front during your deployment, you can reach out for legal support to act on your behalf to address the situation appropriately when you are unable to be there in person to do so.  

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