Family Matters

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Postponing a Lawsuit Against You

What if I am sued while on active duty?

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Adoption and the Military

The Department of Defense (DoD) has stated that family support is critical for service members. It supports service members who decide to adopt children and tries hard to support families during the adoption process.
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Benefits at Separation

This is a quick summary of several important benefits. The chart shows whether you may qualify, based on your discharge status.

Domestic Violence and Alleged Abusers

Despite the need to access weaponry, servicemembers who have engaged in certain acts, such as perpetrating domestic violence against an intimate partner or being convicted of a felony, may be prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.
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The Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Convention)

Learn more about how to use this treaty as military personnel.
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Family Care Plan

Why is a Family Care Plan important?
If you’re in the military, then you can benefit from having a Family Care Plan. You are required to have one in some situations. Department of Defense (DoD) Instruction 1342.19 states when a family care plan is required. Each branch of service has its own guidelines.

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Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) for Surviving Spouses and Children

DIC is a tax-free monthly benefit paid by the VA to eligible survivors of the following:
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Child Custody and Military Service

Deployment of a parent can have an obvious impact on child custody plans, creating stress on parents and children.

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Where Can I Get Legal Help with an Out-of-State Child Support Modification?

Legal help with out-of-state child support modifications

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Emancipation and Military Service

Learn more about Emancipation and how that effects Military Service.