Being a parent is hard enough, but when you are in the military and divorced, it can make things very tricky. If you face deployment, trying to stay in contact with your children and maintain a relationship can be very tough to do. You may feel like you face a losing battle when it comes to being an effective parent, especially in light of the fact that you are no longer in a relationship with the children’s other parent. However, there is help in the form of the Uniform Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act. While not every state has enacted the UDPCVA, Florida has, so it is well worth your time to learn more about it.
The National Conference of State Legislatures explains the UDPCVA provides assistance with states creating procedures for courts when it comes to child custody and visitation for military parents, specifically those who are deployed. This act helps address issues that are common in your situation. It helps ensure lines of communication between the parents stay open, that whatever happens is in the best interests of the children, that you have representation if a custody matter occurs during your deployment and procedures for temporary custody. It also allows for out-of-court arrangements for custody and visitation.
The goal is to ensure that your deployment does not cheat you out of your legal rights as a parent. It protects you from court orders occurring when you are not in the country. It also ensures that your rights are not trampled and that you can still be a parent. This information is for education and is not legal advice.