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Dealing with child custody as a military member

On Behalf of | May 13, 2021 | Divorce

Alabama couples deciding to go through a divorce have a lot on their mind regarding the custody of their children. Unfortunately, military service members tend to be at a disadvantage when it comes to this issue. Understanding what causes this disadvantage and what you can do to prevent it will help to ensure your best chance of success at your child custody hearing.

Why are military service members at a disadvantage?

When you go through a divorce where you’re in the military and your spouse is not, you tend to be at a disadvantage from the start. This is due to the fact that you could be called to active service at any point in time. This could disrupt your child’s lifestyle and would require someone else to look after them while you’re on your tour.

What can you do to create an equal ground for your child custody judgment?

One of the best things that you can do to help put yourself at an equal level as your spouse when it comes to determining child custody arrangements is to create a family care plan. All military members who have children should create one of these plans as it helps to outline what happens to your child in the event that you go on active duty. This plan addresses issues like who’s going to care for your child on a day-to-day basis, who’s going to financially support your children, who’s going to take care of their medical needs and so forth.

Going into a child custody battle as a military service member can put you at a slight disadvantage to start out with. By creating a family care plan, you can show the judge that you have a plan in the event that you get called to active duty.