There are many things that can make a military divorce difficult, even before you consider all of the specific issues that military couples face such as division of military retirement. Consistently being stationed in different states can affect where you file, and deployment can make it difficult or impossible to make it to court hearings. However, the divorce itself is only one part of the battle. Unfortunately for military members, issues of family law often affect them for the rest of their lives.
Custody issues are among the most significant issues that will be determined by a court hearing for a military divorce, but unlike many civilian custody arrangements, the lifestyle of a service member is so fluid that it can be difficult to take circumstances into account. This is why family care plans can be extremely helpful. In fact, such plans are now required by the Department of Defense if a service member has joint or legal custody of a minor child.
These plans allow service members to safeguard their child's future by considering things such as housing, transportation, medical care and more. These plans establish guidelines for how children should be raised and cared for even if the service member is unable to provide the care themselves.
Like most family law issues, family care plans can be extremely complex depending on the circumstances. If you are serving in the military and you have a custody arrangement involving a minor, visit our webpage to learn how we can help you develop a family care plan. Not only is such a plan required, but it is often extremely beneficial for the upbringing of the children.