Military deployment and parenting time

Legal issues involving children, such as custody and child support, frequently cause parents to feel anxious and worry about what will happen next. However, these matters are often even more stressful for members of the military. In Salt Lake City, and throughout the entire state of Utah, those who serve in the military (or share parenting responsibilities with a service member) should review the various laws that may affect them.

According to the Utah State Legislature, service members include those who belong to the U.S. Armed Forces or Utah National Guard and Reserve component personnel in the state. When service members are a child's custodial parent and they face deployment, they must immediately inform the non-custodial parent and give them the expected dates of deployment, if they can. Some non-custodial parents can care for the child while his or her custodial parent is deployed (excluding certain circumstances, such as non-custodial parents with supervised parent-time).

If non-custodial parents cannot take care of children during their other parent's deployment, custodial parents can find someone else to handle child care responsibilities while they are gone. In some cases, non-custodial parents who serve in the military can have members of their family exercise parental rights. Furthermore, the Utah Courts states that in some cases, custody issues are decided by court orders when parents are deployed. Whether a custodial parent is facing deployment or a non-custodial parent is unsure of how much time they will spend with their child while the other parent is away, it is pivotal for parents to work toward an outcome that is in the child's best interests.

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