Adoption & Custody

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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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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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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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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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Citizenship for Children Born to Servicemembers Overseas

Certain children born outside the U.S. to U.S. citizens are citizens from the moment they are born. The law on this has changed many times since the early 1900’s. The law in effect on the date of the child’s birth is the law that controls.