Child Custody

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Child Custody and Military Divorce

Military couples face unique challenges that civilians rarely encounter. With couples spending extended periods of time away from one another, it can become increasingly difficult to keep their marriage alive. When military couples decide to end their marriage, there are very important issues that will have to be addressed. One of the most complicated aspects of a military divorce typically involves child custody and visitation. Military households are set apart from civilian households because the mother or the father may spend a number of months at a time away from the family home while stationed elsewhere. Because of their complicated schedules, child custody matters can be much more involved than civilian divorces.

The state of Florida no longer operates on the presumption that the mother is the best suited parent to care for the children in a divorce. In military divorce, as in civilian divorce, the courts will make a determination based on what is in the best interests of the child. The courts encourage both parents to develop what is called a "parenting plan" where the parents agree on a detailed "time-sharing" arrangement amongst themselves. The courts strongly believe that it is in the best interests of the child to encourage and maintain a strong and active relationship with both parents, in an equal fashion. It is always ideal for the parents to agree on a parenting plan and time-sharing agreement but that does not always happen. In any case, it is always a sensible decision to hire a Jacksonville military divorce lawyer to protect your legal rights in the event you encounter a military divorce or child custody matter. As a parent, you have to make sure your rights are protected in the divorce process, from beginning to end.

Jacksonville Child Custody Lawyer Protecting Your Legal Rights

Military divorce is unlike civilian divorce, long absences from home on your part, and/or your spouse can have an impact on your time-sharing arrangement. Whenever you approach a military divorce, it is essential that you speak with an attorney who has experience handling these types of cases. A lawyer from Hutchinson Law can help you with your child custody case; we have extensive experience in handling military divorces and we are confident they have the knowledge and experience you need to help you with any child custody issues that need addressing.

To discuss your parental rights in a military divorce, contact a Jacksonville child custody attorney from our firm to get started today.

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