Virginia military families may be interested in a new bill introduced in the House last week that would protect the child custody rights of deployed military personnel. Often times the courts will use a service member's military deployments against him or her when determining child custody issues, according to a spokesperson for the Ohio State representative who introduced the bill.
Divorce is never easy, but when one spouse is in the military, there are unique complications that can make the divorce even harder and the complications can continue to crop up over a lifetime. The divorce rate in the United States is high, but for military service members divorce rates are even higher and have risen to 3.7 percent in 2011 from 2.6 percent in 2001.
Experts say that March, not January is the most popular month for divorce and on the celebrity front that seems to be the case. Last week it was reported that actor Dennis Quaid's wife of eight years has filed for divorce.
Virginia advocates for father's rights are disappointed in the change of wording in a bill that would have given father's more of an opportunity to have joint child custody. Father's have faced significant challenges to protect or gain custody rights and many advocates were hoping that House Bill 84 would have given them a needed boost.