Uniform Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act

Uniform Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act

Summary:

The Act seeks to create uniformity and in efficiency in the just resolution of custody issues when an a member of the armed service is deployed by trying to balance of interests and protecting the rights of the service member, the other parent, and above all the best interest of the children involved. The bill is organized into five articles with the first containing definitions and provisions that apply generally to custody matters of service members. It also includes a notice provision requiring parents to communicate about custody and visitation issues as soon as possible after a service member learns of deployment. Article 2 sets out a simplified procedure for parents who agree to a custody arrangement during deployment to resolve these issues by an out-of-court agreement. In the absence of an agreement, Article 3 provides for an expedited resolution of a custody arrangement in court. Article 3 also declares that no permanent custody order can be entered before or during deployment without the service member’s consent. The fourth article governs termination of the temporary custody arrangement following the service member’s return from deployment, and the last article contains provisions on effective date, transition, and other language common to all uniform acts.

Submitted as:
North Dakota
SB 2122
Status: Became law in 2013.

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