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Military divorce, children and the family care plan

Are you and your spouse military parents in the midst of getting a divorce in Ohio? If you said yes, then you have likely been concerned about your kids. Military divorces are typically more complicated than civilian divorces, and child custody matters especially complex. One of the biggest concerns divorcing military parents experience is what will happen to their kids if both parents are deployed at the same time.

Deployments can be troubling for military children. Suddenly losing close contact with one or both parents disrupts a child's life and may lead to emotional issues. As such, the military requires families with two service member parents to create a family care plan. This tool outlines a plan of action in case both parents are deployed at the same time.

Like you, the military is concerned about the children of its service members. It takes these plans seriously, requiring that the final document undergo a review by the service member's commanding officer. Family care plans must also include several key areas, including:

-- Designation of a nearby short-term caretaker to care for the children temporarily

-- Designation of a non-military long-term caretaker to take care of the kids indefinitely

-- A set of detailed instructions or provisions on caring for the children (can include powers of attorney, account information, etc.)

As you can imagine, for military members already divorced, these family care plans can be particularly complicated. Fortunately, some of these complications are avoidable. Family law attorneys with experience in military divorces usually advise parents to include the family care plan in their child custody agreements. Doing so can also remove some of the worry parents experience in the case of sudden deployment.

Source: FindLaw, "Military Child Custody: Key Legal Issues," accessed Dec. 16, 2016

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