It can be hard for anyone to maintain their parenting responsibilities. The challenges are even greater if you are a single parent serving in the military who is going away for training or deployment.
Sometimes people become single parents while serving. Others are single parents who join the military for the benefits and income stability it provides. Yet there can be problems too. Single parents who must go away for training or deployment for a significant time must have a Family Care Plan in place.
In most situations, single parents can join or serve in the military without issues. Yet problems can arise if you must be away. The Family Care Plan can help you overcome those issues. The plan’s biggest requirement is that you must name someone as the temporary guardian who has a more stable lifestyle.
The plans give single parents viable options
A Family Care Plan is an option that sets a plan of action that will limit family issues if you are called away on short notice.
The plan requires:
- Short-term care provider. You must name someone who is not in the military for this role. The person you name must be available 24/7/365 to take temporary custody of your children.
- Long-term care provider. The person you name to this role also should be available on short notice. They will assume custody if you are away for an extended time.
- Care Provision Details. This ensures long-term care for your child. That includes plans for relocation and financial, medical and legal support if needed.
Separation is available as a last resort
If you are unable to serve and care for your children, a commander may initiate an involuntary separation by reason of parenthood. This type of separation is usually accepted for compassionate reasons. An experienced military law and regulation lawyer could be an invaluable ally.