Military divorce typically differs from civilian divorce in the process that must be completed to finalize it. After a military divorce is finalized, however, many issues that affect civilian divorces also become difficulties for a military family. One particular issue is the tricky question of how child custody is handled in such cases. We will examine military divorce and child custody, so if you have questions, here are some answers that should help you and your spouse.
What to Remember During a Military Divorce Child Custody Case
- Child custody is about your children, not putting blame on each other. As we have outlined before, the best interests of the child are placed above all else.
- Avoid moving out of the shared home and leaving the children with your former spouse. Unfortunately, the parent who remains will have the advantage during court proceedings.
- Avoid negative comments and other forms of harsh treatment around common acquaintances and especially the children.
- Attempting to interfere with visitation will reflect badly on how your divorce case will be resolved. Child support payments should also be allowed to continue. These components of the post-divorce process do not apply if your spouse was abusive (and that was the cause of the marriage ending). However, if there was no abuse these parts of the post-divorce process must continue.
- Be aware of how you conduct your life outside of the military divorce. With the prominence of social media, and beginning a new relationship as the old one ends, these factors can impact both the outcome of the divorce proceedings, who will be awarded custody of the children and so forth. For instance, avoid hosting your new partner overnight. Even if you don’t think your children will know or find out, it can still happen.
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