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Solider fights to regain child custody while deployed overseas

Custody battles in Pennsylvania and across the country are often argumentative and painful. Unfortunately, some parents do not feel that court-ordered custody arrangements are in the best interest of their child, making the process more difficult. One family in another state was recently disrupted by a temporary change in custody as a result of the primary parent's employment. 

The father of the child and his current wife had been the primary custodians of his son for years. Issues in the mother's past led to the father receiving primary custody when the boy was 2 years old. A judge recently reversed the previous order by granting the mother unexpected temporary custody of their son.

The father has been deployed as a soldier in Afghanistan, and while on deployment, the boy was removed from his home and his stepmother's care. According to the father and his lawyers, the family court ignored a local law that should have granted the father the right to designate someone to have custodial rights during his service. He has appealed the order in court and has also appealed to social media, seeking support to regain custody of his son despite his deployment.

Child custody agreements and arguments are rarely easy for either parent or the children involved. Pennsylvania family law attorneys strive to make the process as smooth as possible while advocating for the needs of the client and the best interest of any involved children. Parents facing similar custody issues such could benefit from the advice of an attorney.

Source:, "Oklahoma soldier fighting to keep son at home throughout his deployment", Dec. 27, 2017

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