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What you should know before your deployment

No one knows what will come of last week’s airstrikes in Syria when it comes to military action in the region. But for enlisted single parents in Minnesota (or those who are currently going through a divorce or custody action) there is a chance that you may be deployed overseas. As such, it is prudent to have several things in if you receive deployment orders.

This post will highlight a couple of important considerations. 

Have your custody or parenting time order updated – Of course, deployments affect parenting time schedules, regardless of who has primary custody. Because of this, a court order should properly reflect a parent’s current reality. If you are deployed stateside, your parenting time rights should be protected modified so that your children can still spend time and maintain a relationship with you. If you are deployed overseas, regular virtual visitation should be included in an order.

Have your support system recognized – If you are relied upon for a number of family responsibilities, you must defer them to others when you are deployed. As such, some day-to-day decision-making rights must be vested in someone else. Your court order must reflect this to protect these legal rights.

Military deployments are not easy, and they are commonly ordered with little notice. Nevertheless, a deployed parent is entitled to the same legal protections as civilian parents. An experienced family law attorney can help military personnel understand their rights and options. If this describes your situation, feel free to contact us.

The preceding is not legal advice. 

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