Servicemembers risk their lives in support of the contingency operations that keep our nation safe. State courts should not be allowed to use a servicemember’s previous deployments or the possibility of future deployments when making child custody determinations.
Our Servicemen and women and should never be in the position of having to choose between their country and their family. We owe it to them to provide uniform legal standards regarding child custody.
Secretary Gates stated that he wants to work with Congress to pursue the creation of a federal uniform standard.
“I am convinced that the benefits outweigh the concerns, and thus
we should work with the Congress to pursue an acceptable legislative formulation.”
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|H.R. 4201 Servicemember Family Protection Act
|Proposal would protect custody rights during deployments
Legislation introduced in the House on Friday would protect child custody arrangements of deployed military service members.
The bill, introduced by Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio), would prohibit a judge from considering certain military deployments in determining the best interest of the child. Also, if custody were temporarily transferred to another person during a service member’s deployment, arrangements would return to pre-deployment status upon his or her return.
Gates Takes the Right Step toward Protecting Service Member Custody Rights
On February 15th, I received a letter from Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, in which the Secretary agreed with our fight for a Uniformed Standard of Protection for Service members in child custody disputes.
Gates Joins Turner in Fight for Service Member Child Custody Rights
“I join families of Service members around the globe in thanking Secretary Gates for his support of their parental rights. Our men and women in uniform should not have to worry about losing their children while they defend us overseas,” said Turner.
Turner Legislation Protecting Deployed Troops’ Child Custody Rights Advances in the House Veterans Affairs Committee
U.S. Representative Mike Turner today announced that his legislation to protect military parents in child custody cases, H.R. 4469, was approved by the Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity. It will next be considered by the full Veterans Affairs’ Committee.
Rep. Turner to Gates: House Armed Services Committee Agrees DoD Report on Military Child Custody is Flawed
The House Armed Services Committee this week included in its FY2011 National Defense Authorization Act language criticizing a Department of Defense report on child custody litigation involving military servicemembers, and called for legislation to protect the rights of servicemembers in child custody disputes.
Rep. Turner’s Amendment to Protect Child Custody Rights of Deployed Troops Advances through the House Armed Services Committee
For a fourth consecutive year, legislation sponsored by U.S. Representative Mike Turner to protect military parents in child custody cases has advanced through the House Armed Services Committee.
Reps. Turner, Herseth Sandlin Welcome Defense Secretary Gates’ “Fresh Look” at Military Child Custody Rights
Following a meeting at the Pentagon today with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, U.S. Representatives Michael R. Turner and Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-SD) expressed appreciation for the Secretary’s acknowledgement of the problem posed by use of deployment as a criterion in deciding child custody cases, as well as for his commitment to “take a fresh look” at protecting the rights of our servicemen and women in child custody disputes.
Protecting Child Custody Rights for Service Members Should be a Priority
The stories are too frequent: a service member, many times a single mom, is called to serve her country and is given a short time to wind down her personal business and deploy. She makes temporary custody arrangements for her children usually with her former spouse, sometimes in the form of a non-binding family care plan. The mom is then deployed. Upon return from deployment, she goes to pick up her child, and finds out that her ex-spouse won’t relinquish custody without a court order.
Secretary Gates Agrees to Meeting with Rep. Turner to Discuss his Child Custody Rights Bill for Military Parents
U.S. Representative Michael R. Turner received a verbal commitment from Defense Secretary Robert Gates to meet and discuss legislation he has introduced to protect the child custody rights of military parents.
Rep. Turner Calls on Defense Secretary to Finally Protect Military Parents’ Child Custody Rights
U.S. Representative Michael R. Turner sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates Wednesday afternoon calling on the Pentagon to support a federal solution that safeguards military parents’ custody rights just as the military protects a service member from penalties associated with utility and auto lease contracts.
Taking Military Parents’ Child Custody Rights to Capitol Hill
For the third year in a row, I have included legislative language in the annual defense budget to strengthen child custody protections so mothers and fathers in uniform will not be forced to lose custody of their children due to their military service.
Kentucky Guard Member Meets with Congress to Promote Military Child Custody Rights
A member of the Kentucky National Guard is meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill Wednesday to build support for legislative efforts to protect child custody rights of military service members, Congressman Mike Turner, announced.
Rep. Turner’s Amendment to Protect Child Custody Rights of Deployed Troops Passes House of Representatives
Rep. Turner’s Amendment to Protect Child Custody Rights of Deployed Troops Approved in Committee
Congressman Michael R. Turner announced his amendment to the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to protect the child custody rights of deployed military service personnel today passed by voice vote in the House Armed Services Committee.
Turner Lauds Senator Voinovich for Offering Amendment that Protects Custody Rights of Military Parents
Congressman Michael R. Turner (OH-03) today thanked Senator George Voinovich (R-OH) for his work in introducing an amendment in the Senate that works to protect the child custody rights of deployed military parents.
House Protects Custody Rights of Military Parents
For the second time in two years, the U.S. House has passed Congressman Michael Turner’s (OH-03) provision to protect the custody rights of military parents.
Amendment Protects Custody Rights of Deployed Troops
In January, a provision I sponsored was signed into law to protect the custody rights of our soldiers. In family court proceedings, judges had been using the military service and deployment of parents as grounds to change their custody arrangements.