Tue., March 15, 2011 2:25pm (EDT)

Military Parents Bill Heads To House
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 3 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
(file photo of 48th Brigade member in Afghanistan)
(file photo of 48th Brigade member in Afghanistan)
The State Senate has unanimously passed a bill designed to protect military parents from losing custody of their children. The Georgia Military Parents Rights Act now heads to the House for consideration.

The bill keeps judges from issuing final custody orders while parents are deployed. It also gives soldiers 90 days to prepare for court once they return.

The legislation prevents military status from determining custody decisions. John Camp is a military family law attorney in Middle Georgia.

“I receive telephone calls 2 or 3 times a week from people who have been deployed and are facing the risk of losing custody of their children because of their military deployment.”

Georgia is one of 12 states lacking legal protections for military parents. There are more than 104-thousand active duty and reserve soldiers here with more than 100-thousand children.