For parents who serve in the Air Force, divorce can be particularly challenging. In addition to the unique laws that impact divorce proceedings for military servicemembers, child custody decisions can be difficult. It is important to balance the well-being of the children with the potential for deployments and parental rights. In the past, the Air Force did not typically consider custody arrangements when assigning duty stations.
New changes in Air Force policy may make it easier for Nebraska parents to remain closer to their children. When assigning duty stations, a parenting plan will now be an important consideration in where to place airmen. Airmen can ask to remain close to their children when up for a new assignment or ask for a deferment in their assignment. This policy change will be beneficial for both parents and children.
Military families are affected by the same custody and visitation issues that impact civilian families. However, things can be even more complex when one or both parents could be reassigned, deployed or moved to another place at some point in their careers. Children benefit when allow to maintain a close relationship with both parents after a divorce, and this policy may make it easier to do that.
Child custody is one of the most complex issues in any divorce, especially a military divorce. Parents who are facing this process will find it helpful to discuss their concerns with an experienced family law attorney who understands the complexities of military life and laws. With help, it is possible to secure terms that allow a family security and stability for years to come.