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Special considerations of military divorces with children

The military life isn't something that is easy. In some cases, the stresses of this lifestyle can lead to divorce. If you are facing a divorce because of your military service, you should keep some considerations of child custody in mind if you do have children with your ex.

The first thing that you should know is that your military service shouldn't be the only basis of you not being able to get custody of your child. If you do end up with custody of your child, you will need to create a family care plan. This plan lets the military know who is going to care for your child for short-term and long-term periods during which you are deployed or unable to have your child with you.

Another factor that you should think about is how you are going to have visitation with your child when you are deployed. If your deployment is overseas, you might not be able visit with your child in person. In these cases, as well as in stateside orders that aren't near your child, you might opt to use virtual visitation to spend time with your child. You should still find ways to go see your child, but video chats and similar options can help you in between the in-person visits.

Many other factors might be present in your military divorce. It is important for you to get answers to your questions before you make any decisions about your divorce. An attorney can help you through this difficult time. Additionally, you have to think about how all of your actions might affect your child in the days and years to come.

Source: FindLaw, "Military Child Custody: Key Legal Issues," accessed Dec. 29, 2016

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