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How military fathers can secure custody during deployment

On Behalf of | Jul 2, 2024 | Fathers' Rights

For military fathers in Nebraska, securing custody of their children during deployment presents unique challenges. The laws in this state offer support, ensuring that service members can protect their parental rights while fulfilling their duties abroad.

Set up a temporary custody arrangement and care plan

To manage custody during deployment, it’s crucial to establish a temporary custody arrangement. This involves legally designating someone you trust—often a family member—as a temporary guardian. The arrangement ensures your children continue to live in a stable environment. Nebraska law allows these arrangements to be reversible upon your return, which means your long-term custody rights remain intact.

Creating a family care plan is essential for any deployed military parent. This plan outlines who will care for your children, how you’ll explain your absence to them, and how you will maintain contact. 

Understanding your legal protections

Use the legal protections at your disposal. Under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), you can obtain a stay on custody proceedings if your deployment affects your ability to participate. This federal protection prevents changes to your custody agreement without your presence.

Document your involvement

Even while deployed, maintaining active involvement in your children’s lives is crucial. Courts look favorably on continuous engagement. So, you can show this through regular communication using video calls, emails, and letters. Documenting these interactions can be helpful in court proceedings. They’ll show your ongoing commitment to your children’s well-being.

Adapt to post-deployment transitions

Once your deployment ends, reconnecting with your children and re-establishing your role in their lives can be a smooth transition if you lay the groundwork before and during your absence. Remember, the focus is always on the best interests of the children, ensuring they have stability and continuous parental love and support.