Military parents sacrifice many things in order to fulfill their duty to their country, but that does not mean that they have to sacrifice child custody rights when deployed. Recently, a bill was passed prohibiting service members from being stripped of rights while fulfilling military duties. After many years of pushing the bill through various legal channels, military parents are now assured of their child custody rights.
Missouri parents are aware that custody disputes are complex, especially when one parent will be away due to military deployment. These parents should not face a disadvantage because of their service, but rather should be considered equal to the other parent. The recently passed measure is a federal law, which is important to protect parental rights because most states have different custody laws.