Child custody can become a contentious issue in divorce, but for some Americans it can become an even more complicated dilemma. Many California readers may know firsthand just how difficult child custody can be during military divorce. States differ when it comes to child custody rules for military members serving their country. One national legal panel is attempting to simplify child custody rules for active service members all across the country. The panel has given their seal of approval to a set of uniform codes called the Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act.
California is home to many who are in the military. And as many of these people know, sustaining a marriage when one or both spouses are in the military is not always easy. For some, it's just not workable. Military divorce is similar to a civilian one in many aspects; however, there are often other factors involved that complicate a military divorce.
In a military divorce, much like any divorce in the civilian world, child custody can be a significant issue. Determining with which parent a child should live is an emotional issue for many families. This emotional stress can be increased in a military divorce where the service member has a possibility of deployment.
As many military families in California and across the country know, involvement in the armed forces can cause leave many marriages under serious stress. When deployments separate families for years at a time, it can create challenges that are difficult to overcome. In some cases, spouses may choose to divorce because of it.