Question by  sjhomer (30)

How does joint custody work if one spouse is deployed?

I have joint custody of my daughter and will soon be deployed.


Answer by  Hewitt302 (1720)

My answer to you would be to talk to your ex about giving them temporary custody of the child until you return from assignment. If your ex is unwilling to cooperate, then you should probably seek advice from your lawyer on the logical next steps. You might have to go to a judge and have the courts decide


Answer by  John (9008)

This is governed by state law, and can vary by state. In general, however, the child will stay with the spouse who is not deployed. It is expected that the deployed spouse will be consulted where possible, but the spouse who stays home is allowed to make emergency decisions.


Answer by  smmacdo (96)

In most cases the child would stay with the other parent until the deployed spouse returns home since that spouse would not be around for his or her time.


Answer by  Dean (4035)

If you are deployed, it is not possible for your daughter to spend the directed time with you, of course. The other parent will be responsible in your absence.


Answer by  Pat57 (138)

The family memember that is not deployed will have to sign a document stating that they will take care of the child and turn it into their commander.


Answer by  Roland27 (16334)

Most of the time the child would go to the parent that isn't deployed full time. If you would like you could go to the court and request she spend time with your parents or family while you are gone. The court may grant your wish. All you can do is ask.


Answer by  TheAnswerFairy (2345)

Under normal circumstances, this will mean that your ex will have your child full-time while you are away, because you won't be there to take your "turn. "


Answer by  tamarawilhite (17883)

Unless you are being deployed to a station where you can still live as a family, such as in Germany or Japan, your child will be sent to stay with the other parent.

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