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How child custody is handled in military divorces

On Behalf of | Jun 27, 2023 | Child Custody |

Getting divorced from someone who is a member of the U.S. military in Oklahoma is much the same as any other divorce. However, divorcing military couples must consider several special rules as they go through the process, especially when children are involved.

Military parenting plans are different

Although parenting plans for divorcing couples where one spouse is a member of the U.S. military are much the same as plans for the general public, military family law dictates that some additional provisions must be included. Military family parenting plans must include information about what happens when the military parent is involved with deployment, mobilization, temporary duty and other situations where that parent is removed from home life.

The plan must indicate physical and legal custody, especially when the military parent is not around. Civilian parents usually take custody when the military member is deployed. However, if both parents are in the military, the plan should state where the children will live if both parents are deployed or sent on assignment. As with non-military couples, servicemembers can decide whether to have sole legal custody or share joint custody with their former spouses.

Oklahoma law protects military parents’ rights

Recent changes in Oklahoma law have made it easier for military parents to retain their rights in child custody issues. Those wondering how to solve such issues when deployed can appear in court via teleconferencing software from wherever they are stationed. In addition, if you are deployed, you can designate another family member to temporarily take over your visitation rights.

A military divorce doesn’t mean the end of your relationship with your children. Even if you must relocate due to military obligations, attempting to work out a suitable plan is in your children’s best interest.