If you are a member of our country’s armed services, you have to make many sacrifices in the name of national security. And if you are a parent, that sacrifice likely includes spending time away from your child while on deployment. For any parent, this can be difficult, but if you are a non-custodial parent, then you’re already limited visitation time can be seriously reduced because of your service.
Losing visitation time due to deployment is unfortunate for both you and your child. Children grow up so fast and every event you miss, be it a birthday, a good report card or learning to ride a bicycle, will never be repeated. And time spent apart can also make it more difficult to maintain and strengthen your relationship with your child.
But in Texas, service members who lose visitation time with their children can get that time back when they get home. If you are interested in doing this, you must ask the court for makeup time within 90 days of returning from deployment. The court will take this request into consideration on the basis of what it considers the best interests of the child. The court may then order a measure of makeup visitation time.
Years fly by and children grow up in the blink of an eye. And you and your child deserve to have as much time as possible together. If you’re a service member and want more visitation time with your child, a Texas family law attorney can work on your behalf to get modifications to your custody agreement.