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Protect Your Rights As A Father In A Military Divorce

On behalf of Tasha K. Schaffner of Schaffner Family Law posted in divorce on Monday, December 5, 2016.

The end of a marriage is complicated for many reasons, but it can be particularly complex for individuals who are members of the military. If you are a dad, you are probably especially concerned for your rights as a father, but you also want to maintain a strong career in pursuit of your future military aspirations.

This is a difficult balance, but it is possible to secure a resolution that benefits your children and you as both a father and military service member. In order to successfully navigate this situation, you need a lawyer who is knowledgeable in both Kentucky laws and the laws that pertain to divorce in the military.

What do you need to know about child custody?

You have the right as a parent to maintain a strong relationship with your children. Whether it is through co-parenting, regular visitation or a parenting plan that reflects your family’s unique needs, you should consider the following factors when dealing with child custody concerns:


  • Parenting time: How much time will you get to spend with your children?
  • Visitation: If you do not have custody, will you have regular visits with the kids?
  • Legal custody: Will you have a say in important decisions for your kids, such as education and religious upbringing?
  • Career factors: If deployment is possible or if your duties require travel, will it affect your ability to parent?


Military careers come with the risk of deployment, temporary duty assignments, possible moves across state lines and more. It is critical to work with a lawyer who understands these special considerations and who can help you pursue a parenting plan tailored to your needs.

How will military procedures affect you?

As a member of the military, you must follow certain requirements that are military-specific. From determining the best court for your case to ensuring the proper acknowledgement of your rights under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, your lawyer will be an invaluable ally throughout this complex process.

Your career in the military should be honored and respected and should never be used against you in terms of a child custody order. Military divorce is daunting, but with the right help, you can emerge from the process with a strong future with your children firmly intact.

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