PGD Law PLLC (A PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION PRACTICING LAW)
Tysons Corner 703-291-0492
Washington, D.C. 301-825-9629
Eastern Shore/Tidewater 301-825-9629

Can child custody hearings be expedited with deployments?

Since Virginia has so many members of the U.S. military living in the state, family law concerns are common. Combining the chance of a military divorce with the sudden need for deployments can lead to a complex and difficult situation between the parents. There is often a rush to complete family law orders based on the urgency of a pending deployment. Parents will often want to know what happens if there is not an order already in place and if there can be an expedited hearing due to deployment. The law does allow for this to take place.

When a parent is deploying and there has yet to be a child custody, visitation or support order while a couple is getting a divorce and there is a petition to establish the parameters for these issues, the deploying parent must inform the court that he or she is set to be deployed. This is to ensure that access to the child for the deploying parent is available and there are other orders in place to make sure that the relationship between parent and child is maintained.

The case will be expedited on the court's docket. When a deploying parent cannot appear due to the deployment that has already taken place, the court can take a motion from that parent and conduct the hearing either by telephone, via audio or using a video system so witnesses and any party involved in the case can appear. There must be good cause for this to take place.

There are unique aspects to a military family law case. The participants who understand the military life and are aware of its challenges when they are married should also consider the complications when there is a military divorce, a parental relocation due to deployments, and other factors. A law firm that specializes in military matters can help with these issues, especially the worrisome time when a parent is deploying and a child custody case has not yet been settled. A law firm that helps clients with all aspects of a military divorce must be called for advice and representation immediately.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Learn How We Can Help You

Schedule Your Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Exmore Office
7187 Kelly Cove Road
Exmore, VA 23350

Phone: 703-291-0492
Exmore Law Office Map

Vienna Office
1950 Old Gallows Road
Suite 700
Vienna, VA 22182

Phone: 301-825-9629
Map & Directions

Laytonsville Office
5515 Riggs Road
Laytonsville, MD 20882

Phone: 703-291-0492
Map & Directions

Washington Office
1020 19th Street
Suite 510
Washington, DC 20036

Map & Directions

Back To Top