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Child Custody, Visitation, Child Support
If you have minor children, you and your spouse must agree on a parenting plan. This plan must cover who will the children live with and when will the other parent have time with the children. You must also agree on who will pay for the children’s medical, dental and vision insurance. After those things are decided, you have to agree on who will pay how much child support to whom. The Commonwealth of Virginia has child support guidelines that can be used to help you determine a support amount, but if you agree to something different, as long as you can justify why you are choosing a different amount, the court will usually go along with your arrangement. As a military family, there are special considerations you need to think about with your parenting plan.
Child custody and visitation orders are far more complicated in a military divorce due to the factors of distance and frequent relocation which must be considered when fashioning a parenting plan. The issue of a parental move out of the area (also called a parental relocation) is one of the most difficult and contentious issues in divorce. There are specific laws that protect the rights of active duty military parents and special considerations as to what will happen if the military parent is transferred or deployed. You need an attorney who understands these laws on your side when you address these issues. Because military divorces must anticipate that such a scenario is probable, uncontested divorce can be challenging when the parties to a military divorce have children. At the Military Divorce Center, we focus on representing military families, so we can help you craft a parenting plan that anticipates changes in living arrangements while protecting your rights as a parent.
Our Virginia military divorce lawyers often will craft a separate emergency parenting plan in the event of such a scenario. The parenting plan must also provide for the restoration of the original custody rights for the service member once this temporary scenario has ended.
Because of the challenge facing military parents trying to remain in contact with their children, we also make sure parenting plans protect the ability of a member of the military to have ongoing communications. This communication can be accomplished with the use of technology via a computer like Skype, email, mobile phones or other internet enabled devices.