Family Matters

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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.
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Supplemental Programs

These VA programs are helpful but may not cover all of your school expenses. So you may need to look for other programs that can help you to make up the difference.

M21 Compensation Based on Individual Unemployability (IU)

Read for more information on M21 compensation based on individual unemployability (IU).
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Should I Opt Into the Rapid Appeals Modernization Program (RAMP)?

The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) created a flyer providing information to veterans deciding whether to opt into the Rapid Appeals Modernization Program (RAMP). RAMP is not a good fit for everyone. This information will help you decide if RAMP is a good fit for you. 

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Legal Services Organizations by State

Every State has one or more organizations that provide free legal services for low-income individuals and families. Many military and veteran families may qualify for this assistance.

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Interactive Form - Motion to Stay Proceedings

You and your family have certain legal protections when you are called into active duty military service. These laws apply to members of the Armed Forces, Reserves, National Guard and other uniformed services. A law providing many of these protections is called the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). This law helps protect members of the military and their families from financial and legal harm because of military service.
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Interactive Form - SCRA Letter from Commanding Officer

You and your family have certain legal protections when you are called into active duty military service. These laws apply to members of the Armed Forces, Reserves, National Guard and other uniformed services.
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TANF (Temporary Aid to Needy Families)

TANF provides a basic monthly income to families who have few other resources. The program used to be called AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children). It may be called something else in your state.