I was granted the custodial parent for my two children three yrs ago. She recently informed me that the living situation regarding the kids would most likely change before I got back from my deployment. I had everything in place for them to stay in the same school district and maintain a stable life style during my deployment. She has done nothing for support the whole time I have had them. I have been told she has a lawyer that apparently told her she can take custody while I m gone and she plans to enroll them in the school system near her which is in a different state. Our divorce decree states that all decisions regarding the kids will be made jointly. Is she permitted to legally do this while I am deployed? Thank you.
It is rare that child custody decisions would be altered because of your deployment. But you make no posting as to how and with whom the children will live while you are deployed. This may be the basis for the ex's attorney saying what he did. You need to confer with a JAG lawyer and a NJ family lawyer about what you can do to maintain the original custody arrangements. From past experience, it appears that your ex's principal motivation is getting child support from you.
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