This article by James Dao and Catrin Einhorn in the New York Times reports on the difficult experiences of more than a million families directly affected by military deployments since 2001: Families Bear Brunt of Deployment Status (12/30/2010).
According to Stars and Stripes, the U.S. Department of Defense and the State Department are developing new procedures to assist servicemembers who face international child custody disputes. See Charlie Reed, Report: DOD to give more help to troops in international child custody disputes (Sept.
The Uniform Law Commission (formerly known as the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws) has appointed a drafting committee to “prepare an act that provides standards and procedures for resolving visitation and custody issues affecting military personnel and their families, which may include resolution of matters in intrastate, interstate, and international contexts.” Professor Paul Kurtz (Georgia) chairs the committee and Professor Maxine Eichner (North Carolina) is serving as Reporter. The committee will have its first meeting this spring, and is expected to have a
“Wartime Soldier, Conflicted Mom” by Lizette Alvarez in the New York Times is part of a series of articles on how the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have redefined the role of women in the military. This follows a story by David Kocieniewski , “Soldier’s Service Leads to a Custody Battle at Home,” focused on the parenting disputes that may follow deployments. Here’