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Deployed soldier's family law case takes to social media

There are military families in every state, including New Jersey, that are familiar with the struggles associated with raising children while one parent is deployed overseas. These families don't always get to spend every holiday and birthday together, but many try to make the time they do have together count. Unfortunately, there are a number of soldiers who have run into family law problems while they are deployed. Some have had their spouses file for divorce, and others have lost custody of their children. One soldier and his wife have taken their child custody case to social media hoping to find help.

An Oklahoma sergeant was deployed to Afghanistan in December, leaving behind his current wife and 11-year-old son. He received word just before Christmas that temporary custody of his son was being given to the boy's biological mother who had not had custody in nine years. When he found out that he would be moving to live with his biological mother, the boy called his father overseas. When his father asked him what he wanted, the boy responded that he wanted his father to continue fighting. 

Both the sergeant and his wife have filed cases with the Oklahoma Supreme Court hoping to reverse the judge's decision. In an effort to raise awareness for their case and others like it, the couple has also turned to Facebook. There, the soldier describes how his son is being forced to leave his home, school and friends while he is overseas. 

Unfortunately, there are a number of soldiers who have encountered similar problems while they are deployed. Many of these men and women are either unable to or unsure of how to plead their cases while they are away from home. Families in New Jersey who have questions about family law practices or who are currently involved in a family law dispute could benefit from seeking the advice of a local attorney. 

Source:, "Soldier, wife take child custody appeal to social media", Amelia Mugavero, Dec. 27, 2017

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