Bill To Protect Custody Rights For Deployed Troops

May 27, 2007

A while back, I wrote this story about what the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act doesn’t protect and how many servicemembers have lost custody of their children due to deployments. I was pleased to read that lawmakers in Washington DC have recognized that this is not only unfair to our deployed servicemembers, but have decided to do something about it. I was really pleased to see that one of our lawmakers has recognized how devastating this can be to our troops and how distracting and worrisome it can be for a Soldier deployed in a warzone. Thankfully, something is being done about this.

On May 16th, the House passed an amendment that is designed to prevent deployed Soldiers from permanently losing custody of their children because of the absence caused by their deployment. The amendment was sponsored by Representative Mike Turner of Ohio, after he had read an article about servicemembers losing custoday of their children. The amendment was passed by voice vote as part of a defense policy bill. It would reinstate the custody arrangements of a Soldier’s children that was in place prior to the Soldier being deployed. The bill provides an exception for temporary orders issued in the “best interest of the child.”

“This additional protection is needed to provide them peace of mind that the courts will not take away their children because they answered the country’s call for service,” Turner said.


2 Responses to “Bill To Protect Custody Rights For Deployed Troops”

  1. CommanderMom on May 27th, 2007 8:25 pm

    Excellent! Thanks Terri for keeping us posted on this important issue!

  2. Hand on August 14th, 2007 4:19 pm

    Thank you Terri, that’s exactly the information I’ve been looking for.

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