|The 26th Alaska State Legislature, 2009 - 2010|
House OKs Military Child Custody Bill
|Thomas’ HB 334 ensures courts have clear directives when dealing with deploying family member in custody|
Posted: March 25, 2010
(Juneau) - The Alaska State House today unanimously passed House Bill 334, legislation providing new directives and restrictions for the court system to follow in child custody cases when one parent or family member is, or will be, deployed. House Finance Committee Vice-Chair Bill Thomas, R-Haines, sponsored the bill.
Our men and women are sacrificing enough for our country; their military service should not be a reason in itself for them to lose custody of their children.
“A deploying family member should not have to prepare for a battle on two fronts, one in theater and the other at home,” Thomas said. “The court system is finding it difficult to balance deployment with the child’s best interest, so HB 334 provides them with clear directives and definitions. The pressures of military life and deployment already put a strain on our servicemen and women, not to mention the children and family support involved. The bill is a priority of the Veterans Caucus that I and Senator Charlie Huggins co-chair, and we’re thankful my peers in the House passed it out.”
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