If you are a parent and a member of the military, you may find it difficult to balance your military life and your family life. It can already be difficult to explain the realities of military life to your children in a way that they can understand. If you are now facing a divorce, it is possible that your future relationship with your children is something that is also on your mind.
It is possible to maintain a great relationship with your children as a single parent in the military. The fact that you are a military service member should not affect your ability to gain custody of your children. It is important that you understand how the law applies to single parents in the military.
Can I be a single parent in the military?
The courts acknowledge that military deployment can be very upsetting and disruptive in a child’s life. It is for this reason that single parents cannot currently enlist in the military. However, parents who are already in the military can become single parents and maintain custody as a result.
Making sure that you can be there for your child
There are many resources available for parents in the military. It is obligatory for single parents in the military and situations in which both parents are members of the military to have a family care plan in place. This family care plan will outline the protocol for what happens in a situation in which a parent is deployed.
It is important that you defend your right to be a parent and a military member. You can do this by taking the time to understand child custody law.