Military service is demanding and sometimes compels the service person to prioritize the career over the family life. People across the United States understand the challenges of balancing family life with serving in the military. It can be trying to go through a divorce while serving in the military and it can be even more difficult if various legal issues come up during the divorce process.
Parents in Virginia who are in the military and fighting for custody of their child might be apprehensive that a court may reject their custody application because of the nature of their service. Military personnel on active duty might be required to stay away from their families for months while they are deployed elsewhere.
Military divorces are common in Virginia and in other states across the country. The number of military divorces is rising; so are child custody issues among military members. Hence, the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws has come up with the Uniform Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act that allows states to draft procedures when confronted with unique custody issues.
Child custody issues can become complicated if one parent is serving in the military. Fortunately, the Virginia Military Parents Equal Protection Act provides legal protection to members of the military in child custody issues.
Military deployment to a remote location, far away from family is difficult for any soldier. Some couples, who cannot handle the strain of military life, opt to divorce and not complicate their lives further. Virginia is home to dozens of military families, and residents know that child custody when one spouse is still actively engaged in active duty can be quite complicated, if not handled correctly. Recently, a social media campaign in many states was carried out in support of a U.S. Navy sailor ordered by the court to be present at a hearing, even though he is deployed to an unknown location.