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Military Divorce Lawyers for Child Custody Matters in North Carolina and Worldwide

Military Child Custody

Navigating child custody matters can be challenging under any circumstances, but when one or both parents serve in the military, the situation can become even more complex. Military deployments, relocations, and the unique lifestyle of service members can all impact custody arrangements and other elements of the divorce process.

If you and/or your spouse are in the military and are facing child custody issues, a North Carolina military family lawyer from The Wilkie Law Group can help you navigate the process with your and your child’s best interests in mind. With our team of dedicated military divorce lawyers, we offer comprehensive family law services to members of the United States Military in North Carolina and worldwide.

Don’t fight this battle alone–call (910) 333-9626 or reach out online to schedule a consultation with a military child custody lawyer on our team today.

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Do You Have to Give Up Parental Rights to Join the Military?

No, military personnel do not have to give up their parental rights to join the military. However, deployment and military service obligations can impact custody arrangements, depending on the circumstances.

How Does Custody Work if One Parent is in the Military?

When one parent is in the military, custody arrangements can become more complex due to the unique demands of military service. Unlike civilian divorce cases, military service introduces variables such as deployments, relocations, and unpredictable schedules that can significantly impact custody agreements.

Courts typically aim to prioritize the best interests of the child while also accommodating the service obligations of the military spouse. However, this often requires careful consideration and negotiation to ensure fair and workable arrangements for both parents.

In general, military families often have one service member parent and one civilian parent, and any children in the marriage are left with the civilian parent while the military spouse is serving. In a military divorce, children will likely spend time with both of their parents unless one parent is deployed, in which case the custody agreement is paused and the civilian parent takes care of the children.

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Types of Child Custody in the Military

Like in other divorce cases, there are a few different types of child custody that military parents may be given by the courts or that the couple may agree on ahead of their divorce proceedings. Below are some of the different types of child custody a military parent may expect to see in their divorce.  

Sole Custody

In a military context, sole custody is when one parent has full decision-making authority and physical custody of the child. This is often arranged when one parent is deemed unfit to care for the child and is not the result of that parent’s military obligations. In sole custody cases, the non-custodial parent (the other parent in the relationship) may still have visitation rights with their child, but the custodial parent will likely have primary responsibility over the child’s upbringing and welfare. 

Joint Custody

Joint custody, also known as shared custody or joint legal custody, grants both parents with shared decision-making responsibilities and oftentimes a shared parenting schedule. In military families, joint custody arrangements can be challenging due to the potential for frequent relocations or deployments. However, the two parents can work together to create provisions in their custody plan for things like military relocation and deployment.

Temporary Custody

Temporary custody may be granted in situations where one parent is temporarily unable to fulfill their parenting duties due to military deployment, training, or other obligations. This arrangement allows the non-deployed parent to assume temporary custody during the service member’s absence. Temporary custody orders typically outline specific terms and conditions, including visitation schedules, communication methods, and the duration of the temporary arrangement.

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Laws Governing Military Child Custody

In addition to the general laws that apply to civilian family law matters, there are additional laws that protect service members from unfair legal treatment as a result of their service requirements. These include the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) and the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA)

The SCRA provides protections for active duty service members facing civil legal matters, including child custody proceedings, by allowing for court proceedings to be put on pause during a parent’s deployment or participation in other military duties. 

The UCCJEA establishes guidelines for determining jurisdiction in custody cases where the involved parties are in different states or countries, as is often the case with military families. This ensures custody disputes are resolved fairly and efficiently, even across jurisdictions. 

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The Role of Family Care Plans in Military Divorces

Family care plans play a crucial role in military divorces, as they outline arrangements for the care of children when service members are deployed, on temporary duty, or otherwise unavailable due to military obligations. These plans detail who will assume caregiving responsibilities in the event that one or both parents are deployed or relocated, ensuring their children are cared for and have stability in their lives, even in the absence of one or both of their parents. 

It’s important that military families develop a comprehensive family care plan together, if possible, that can address their needs as military personnel as well as parents. By creating a detailed family care plan together, military parents can help mitigate the impact of their service on their children, providing them with relative stability during this challenging time. 

How The Wilkie Law Group Helps Military Families With Child Custody Matters

Developing a fair and equitable family care plan in a military divorce can be difficult, since it can involve a number of specific provisions that cover a wide range of potential scenarios. It can also be difficult for service members to defend themselves and their legal rights, especially when dealing with the responsibilities of military life or when on active deployment. 

These are just a few of the many reasons why it’s important that military members seek legal assistance from a military child custody lawyer like those at The Wilkie Law Group. we understand the unique challenges that military families face when navigating child custody matters. That’s why we are dedicated to providing comprehensive legal support tailored to the needs of service members and their families in Jacksonville, NC, and across the globe. 

With extensive experience in both civilian and military family law, our team is well-equipped to assist military families in achieving favorable outcomes in child custody disputes. Our dedicated military attorneys prioritize clear communication, compassionate guidance, and strategic advocacy, allowing us to protect your legal rights and act in your best interest throughout the process. 

Whether you need help answering questions regarding custody agreements, resolving disputes through mediation, or representing your interests in court proceedings, our child custody lawyers are committed to ensuring that military families receive the support they deserve. 

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Call the North Carolina Military Divorce Attorneys at The Wilkie Law Group For Legal Assistance Today

If you are a military member and are in the midst of a divorce, it’s important to have legal assistance from a skilled military family lawyer who can help protect your legal rights and help you through the process.  At The Wilkie Law Group, our military family law attorneys are here to provide you with the guidance and representation you need when dealing with custody issues.

Whether you are grappling with issues related to child custody, child support, spousal support, division of military pensions, or other complex matters, our skilled attorneys will work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for you and your family. We also provide military criminal defense to service members accused of a crime.

Call The Wilkie Law Group at (910) 333-9626 or contact us via our website to schedule a consultation regarding your military divorce case today.

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We provide legal support to members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, including the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and National Guard. We recognize the sacrifices made by service members and their families, and we are committed to advocating for your rights and protecting your interests throughout the divorce process. Call today!

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