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Parents in Virginia who have one or both spouses in the military will have many responsibilities to consider when thinking about their duty to the country and caring for the child. This can be complicated when there is a military divorce. Child custody cases are difficult enough for civilians, but when there are deployments to consider, visitation rights, international child custody disagreements and more, it is imperative to understand how the situation will be addressed. One issue that comes up is the family care plan. Understanding what the law says about this is key to a case. Having help from a qualified attorney who understands military family law is also vital.

When there is a parent in the military or both parents are in the military, there must be a family care plan. In that plan, there will be a description of what happens to the child when there is deployment of the custodial parent. In the plan, it is required that there be several contingencies. They are: a short-term caretaker; a long-term caretaker; and care provision details.

The short-term caretaker must be in a nearby vicinity to the base and can be contacted at any time to care for the children. It cannot be a member of the military, but it can be a person who is a military spouse. A long-term caretaker will care for the child if there is an extended deployment. It does not necessarily need to be a parson who lives locally, but it cannot be a member of the military.

With care provision details, there will be instructions for the care of the child. Included can be financial institution information, passwords, how to take the child to the caretaker, and if there are medical requirements and other information that will smooth the process for the child. The commanding officer will assess the family care plan.

Any situation in which a family comes apart because of divorce can be difficult, but if there is a parent who is in the military, the possibility of deployments is always present. That is the nature of being in the armed forces. Children must be cared for and understanding the family care plan is an important part of that. For this and any other issue that arises as part of a military divorce, having legal assistance is crucial. Calling for advice on every aspect of a case is the wise step.