Military parents get help in child custody fights

Posted: Friday, May 14, 2010

JUNEAU - State policymakers want to make sure military deployments aren't used against Alaska's servicemen and servicewomen in child custody cases.

Gov. Sean Parnell is expected to sign the bill passed by the Legislature during its recently ended session.

The bill says courts cannot use a military parent's temporary duties or deployment as a factor in custody and visitation cases. It also allows for expedited court hearings before a deployment and restoration of custody after a deployment by default.

Alaska has more than 28,000 active duty and reserve personnel.

The bill was sponsored by Rep. Bill Thomas of Haines and Sen. Charlie Huggins of Wasilla, Republican co-chairs of a veterans caucus.

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