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Deployment nearly costs mother the custody of her kids

Military service can be difficult for families in San Antonio, particularly when the serviceman or woman in the family is deployed. Not only does he or she have to be concerned about what’s going on at home, but the family left behind also has to deal with the issues surrounding his or her deployment. Should family issues arise while military men and women are away from home, it is encouraged that they develop a Family Care Plan that stipulates who will take care of the kids while they’re gone. Yet even a plan such as this cannot guarantee that a member of the military may not have to face family law issues while deployed.

A soldier recently returned home to Florida after four years of service is currently learning this the hard way. After having to go home on emergency leave to deal with the issues presented by her then-husband, she arranged to have her two children placed under the care of her stepmother. However, contrary to the wishes of the woman’s Family Care Plan, the stepmother relocated to New Jersey with the children. Subsequent struggles with mental health issues saw the children end up in foster care.

Now, the woman has returned from her service and is seeking to regain custody of her kids. After some legal wrangling between the state childhood welfare offices in New Jersey and Florida, a judge finally agreed to reunite the children with their mom.

While the aforementioned case has certainly been an ordeal for both the mother and her children, these extraordinary circumstances should not degrade the confidence in the validity of agreements such as Family Care Plans. Those wishing to create similar stipulations regarding the care of their children while deployed may wish to work with an attorney in doing so.

Source: YAHOO! Parenting “Military Mom Returns From War to Discover She Must Fight for Custody of Kids,” Beth Greenfield, Aug. 18, 2015

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