Deployed Parents Lose Custody of Children


10-Year Member
Jul 9, 2006

She had raised her daughter for six years following the divorce, shuttling to soccer practice and cheerleading, making sure schoolwork was done. Then Lt. Eva Crouch was mobilized with the Kentucky National Guard, and Sara went to stay with Dad.
A year and a half later, her assignment up, Crouch pulled into her driveway with one thing in mind — bringing home the little girl who shared her smile and blue eyes. She dialed her ex and said she’d be there the next day to pick Sara up, but his response sent her reeling.
“Not without a court order you won’t.”

So now custodial parents who are deployed are forced into fighting for legal custody of their kids when they return - apparantly the some courts consider continued separation of child/parents in the "best interest of the child" - what a shame - for the parents and the children.
I think the overall attitude of domestic judges has always been antimilitary in relation to custody issues.