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How a military divorce can affect child custody

While dividing the care of children can be one of the most difficult aspects of a divorce in Texas, the situation can become even more complex when one spouse is involved in the military. We at the Law Offices of Keith E. Holloway have experience handling even the toughest military divorce cases and can guide you through this process and ensure that your rights are represented.

According to Military.com, the rulings given by court judges are swaying toward giving more custody to the parent who is not likely to be deployed at any time. Some people report that even those enlisted in the National Guard and only required to serve periodically for short amounts of time are being bypassed in favor of the non-enlisted parent.

The reason for this switch is that experts are realizing that children need consistency when enduring the dissolution of the family. While the enlisted parent may be offered visitation, sole custody will often be given to the civilian parent in hopes that the child will have a secure home and will not have to move or stay with relatives.

One effect of this change is that the custodial parent is more likely to request a larger child support payment since he or she will give more care for the children. While this is often necessary, it does place a significant financial burden on the enlisted parent.

While this change seems to affect the way many judges rule in divorce cases, military parents can still fight for their rights to shared custody. For more information on this topic, please visit our web page. 

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