US panel: Improve child custody rules for military

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Posted: Jul 18, 2012 3:54 PM
Source: Associated Press

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A national legal panel that works to standardize state laws is looking to simplify child custody rules for military service members, whose frequent deployments can leave them without clear legal recourse when family disputes erupt.

The Uniform Law Commission is a group of some 350 attorneys appointed by all the states. It met in Nashville on Wednesday and gave final approval to the Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act. It is a set of uniform codes that state legislatures can adopt to standardize custody rights for parents who are deployed.

With deployments on the rise, many states have implemented a patchwork of laws designed to protect service members in child custody and visitation cases. But the commission's legal counsel says the rules aren't consistent across the country.

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