Divorcing in North Carolina with children can leave you stumped about how that affects any upcoming deployments. As a member of the military, deployments can sometimes happen suddenly leaving you wondering what to do about your child. Ideally, your child custody agreement should have provisions in it for these types of scenarios.

The North Carolina Judicial Branch states that visitation refers to the limited time you have with your child. This secondary form of child custody pertains to the physical care you provide your child. Your child custody agreement should outline whether you share joint or sole custody.

You may share legal custody, but your spouse may have sole custody with you receiving visitation rights. A custody order can help prevent some of the issues you may have taking care of and seeing your child. The document is a reference point for decision making. While not required, your custody order can outline what happens to your child during deployment, training or relocation.

If you do not have these provisions in your custody order, you can modify the order. This may require you to return to court or hire an attorney to handle the case. Should you choose to modify your existing order, you may want to go ahead and include provisions addressing the specific concerns you have as a member of the military.

Every custody situation is different. It is important to remember that you have the right to see your child unless there are legal reasons to deny you access. This information is intended only to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.