Minnesota residents may be interested in the story of a congressman who has been on a mission to return our servicemen and women to equal footing in child custody cases. The new defense bill includes language that may do just that. The law was motivated by cases like those of one servicewoman who returned from deployment to learn she had lost custody of her child, in part, because she was "absent" while serving her country.
This led to a nearly eight-year battle by the woman and representative Mike Turner from Ohio to eliminate the potential for state courts to use military service against a parent. In other words, the new law will preserve any pre-deployment child custody arrangement ensuring these types of cases do not happen again. This bill was introduced as part of the 2014 defense authorization measure that Congress recently passed.