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Considerations for child custody involving military parents

Being in the military takes a lot of courage. People of all types serve in the military — single parents, married couples, divorced individuals. If you are in the military and have recently gotten divorced and aren't sure what to do regarding the custody of your children, here are some things you could consider to help make your situation as easy as possible.

If you are preparing to deploy, you need to put together a family care plan. This plan should define who will care for your children while you are deployed. The care outlined should include medical, financial and physical care of the kids.

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act is an important law members of the military. This law protects you if you are deployed and cannot proceed in an administrative court case. This law can provide you with a postponement of the court case, which is also referred to as a stay. The stay will last 90 days if you ask for it in writing.

Should you have a child custody agreement that is already in effect, you might need to update it if there is no provision for military relocation. You can have the agreement altered by the court, but you might be required to prove how relocating with the child will benefit him or her.

Divorce is never easy. It can be even more difficult for members of the military, especially if those military members have children. Take these considerations and put them to good use so you can improve your custody situation for the benefit of all.

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