- Military Families and Child Support, Custody and Visitation
Friday, March 15, 2013
2 p.m.- 3 p.m. ET
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Military Families and Child Support, Custody and Visitation
Friday, March 15, 2013
2 p.m. ET/ 1 p.m. CT/ Noon MT/ 11 a.m. PT
On March 15, 2013, NCSL presented an hour-long webinar about child support concerns for military families and custody issues for deployed or deploying military personnel. The webinar shared details about Texas’s HEROES for Children in Military Families and El Paso County, Colorado’s child support military liaisons. The webinar also featured legislator remarks relating to military families, custody and child support.
Military and veteran families face unique challenges in the child support system. While all parents who live apart from their children face parenting challenges, military families deal with deployments or other lengthy separations. They must plan for their children’s financial, medical and emotional support needs, making sure they are met before, during and after deployment.
States are looking at a variety of policies that affect military families. Many military parents experience fluctuations in income, which must be factored into child support orders and guidelines. These increases or decreases may require a modification of the child support order amount. Military parents have to make decisions about who will have custody of their child(ren) while they are deployed or they may need or want to assign visitation by designating another person to exercise those rights on their behalf while they are deployed. Babies may be born during a deployment so states must address how they conduct paternity establishment. Many noncustodial parents also want to make up for lost visitation time after returning from deployment. Some states are analyzing their visitation and parenting time provisions to allow for changes in visitation or parenting time plans.
Katie Mason, policy associate, NCSL
Michael Hayes, Texas’s HEROES for Children in Military Families
Dan Savage, El Paso County, Colo., child support military liaisons
Contact: Meghan McCann