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Important issues involving military members and child custody

Divorced parents in Alaska who are in the military may face additional hurdles regarding child custody. Being active in the military and facing the possibility of deployment does not disqualify a parent from getting primary physical custody. However, some military parents do worry that a judge may consider this a reason to place the child with the nonmilitary parent. Efforts to pass laws addressing this issue have been largely unsuccessful because they are seen as favoring the best interests of the parent over those of the child.

Handling divorce while in the military

Military members in Alaska may wonder how their enlistment can affect decisions like marriage and divorce. When a military couple decides to end their marriage, they are legally the same as other U.S. couples. However, there are some factors that members of the armed forces may want to keep in mind when they reach the end of their marriage.

Military divorce rates steady but marriages down

Military service members in Alaska may experience challenges that put pressure on their marital relationships. The Pentagon tracks marriages and divorces among military personnel, and it reported no significant change in the overall divorce rate among military personnel between 2016 and 2017.

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