HASC Members Join Fight for Military Child Custody Protections
Congressmen Mike Turner (Ohio)
and Rob Andrews (N.J.) issued a letter to Defense Secretary (SecDef)
Leon Panetta, requesting his support in the fight to protect the child
custody rights of our men and women in uniform. The lawmakers were
joined by every member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) in
supporting the request.
Family Protection Act” (H.R. 4201), sponsored by Turner and
Andrews, would amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) by
protecting child custody arrangements for parents who are deployed in
support of a contingency operation. If a motion to change a
child’s custody arrangement is filed while a parent is deployed,
no court may modify the existing custody judgment, except if there is
clear and convincing evidence that it is in the best interest of the
child. The bill also prohibits any court from considering a member's
past or future absences due to deployments in determining child custody
disputes. Members are urged to use the FRA Action
contact their representative on this important issue.
here to contact your representative on this bill.