Our servicemen and women shouldn’t have to worry about retaining their custody rights while serving our country overseas.
I recently supported legislation to make sure that active military parents are not punished for not appearing in court over custody disputes while serving overseas. Senate Bill 9 would mandate that–unless the best interests of the child are being violated–the court shall not modify the current custody order if one of the parties has filed a motion of stay under the federal Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.
The legislation was introduced after a Michigan judge held a service member in contempt of court and ordered his arrest after failing to appear in court for a custody hearing, even though he was on duty aboard a submarine in the Pacific Ocean!
The legislation awaits consideration in the Michigan House.