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The Challenges Of Relocation For Military Members

Military life adds a number of challenges to parenting, and especially co-parenting after a divorce or separation. When a custody order is in effect and a servicemember or their spouse wishes to relocate, the situation can turn into a tangle of legal complexity.

The Law Office of James M. Burns handles a broad range of family law matters for military servicemembers and their spouses at Eglin Air Force Base, Naval Air Station Pensacola and other military installations throughout the Gulf region. Attorney James M. Burns can protect your parental rights and the best interests of your children in all custody-related matters, including those involving relocation.

Navigating The Challenges Of Military Relocation Issues

There are a number of reasons military parents may need to relocate after a child custody order has been established. Servicemembers routinely face changes in their duties, schedules and place of work, and many must contend with the challenges of parenting while on deployment.

A nonserving spouse may also need to relocate for employment-related concerns or other reasons. When family court judges review relocation cases, their overriding concern is in determining if the move is in the child’s best interests.

Legal statutes recognize the difficulties of co-parenting while one parent is on active duty. Florida law allows servicemembers who are deployed for more than 90 days to designate a third party (such as a grandparent, stepparent or another close relative) to assume their time-sharing schedule in their absence.

Attorney James M. Burns takes all of these factors into account when helping military families craft child custody and time-sharing orders that work for everyone and support the best interests of the children involved. He works to achieve amicable agreements whenever possible but is always prepared for aggressive litigation when his clients’ parental rights are at stake.

Speak With A Custody Lawyer Who Understands Military Life

James M. Burns has more than 20 years of experience handling complex military family law issues for clients in Florida and Alabama. To arrange a legal consultation with Mr. Burns, contact his law office online or by telephone at 850-930-3018.