Military familyThis is the next post in my series discussing issues related to military service and going through a divorce or child custody dispute in Nevada. My last post explained how military service can impact one’s child relocation request. In this post I will explain how a single parent can be prepared in the event that they are deployed and must leave their children in the care of a friend or family member.

While it is often desirable for a child of divorce to have two active and involved parents, the truth is that many military parents are forced to raise their children on their own for a variety of reasons. When this is the case, it is especially important for a single military parent to be prepared in the event that they are deployed or have to spend time away from their child due to other work engagements. While many military units require a military parent to file a Family Care Plan it is also important for the court to be aware that you have a plan in place for when you are deployed.

Information that should be included in one’s plan includes the designated person who is to be the guardian of your children during times you are not able to care for them. This is an important job, as this person will make all legal decisions for your child, including medical decisions if necessary. The person who is to be your child’s temporary guardian must know that they have been chosen, and understand their responsibilities. It is also important to clearly articulate how food, clothing, and other necessities will be paid for while you are away. You may wish to write the guardian a series of checks, provide them access to your bank accounts, or negotiate another arrangement. If your child attends school or daycare, ensure that their institution has been informed of the change, and that the guardian has permission to pick up the child or discuss the child’s well-being with educators.

In addition to picking a temporary guardian, it is also important to prepare for worst case scenarios. One should ensure that an up-to-date will is signed, notarized, and on file with an attorney. One should also ensure that they have signed up for appropriate life insurance, and discussed with family members what would happen if one were injured on duty.

Planning for one’s deployment when one is a single parent can be a daunting task. There are many legal issues that require proper documentation, so it is best to hire an attorney to ensure that all of your matters are taken care of in the event you are deployed. My office assists military parents with such matters, so that you can have peace of mind if and when you are away. Call our family law office today for assistance.