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What is the Uniform Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act?

| Jan 4, 2018 | Military Divorce |

Military divorces in Ohio come with some special considerations. If you find yourself needing to file for divorce and you are in the military or your spouse is, then it is helpful to learn a bit more about the things that differ from a civilian divorce. 

One of those things is the Uniform Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act, which, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, helps outline custody and visitation for military families. Such as act is needed because of the different living situations and circumstances faced by members of the military. The courts want both parents involved in a child’s life. When you are in the military, you may be moving around a lot or even deployed for a period of time, which can make visitation difficult. 

While this Act is not mandatory in all states, it is enacted in Ohio. The Act outlines how courts should deal with military parents in regards to custody and visitation arrangements. It also sets a procedure for parents to make out of court arrangements when needed and provides for accelerations of proceedings to accommodate the military parent’s schedule. 

Ideally, you will work together with your ex to determine a good visitation schedule. If your spouse is the one in the military, it is good if you can be accommodating of his or her schedule to allow your children to have equal or as close to equal time with him or her as possible. This information is intended for education and is not legal advice. 

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