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The impact of PCS moves on parental alienation after a military divorce

The impact of PCS moves on parental alienation after a military divorce

On Behalf of | Jun 27, 2024 | Military Divorce, Parental Alienation |

Military life brings unique challenges, especially when it comes to family matters. One of the most difficult aspects to deal with is the Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moves. These moves often happen every few years and can take a toll on family dynamics, especially after a divorce. Sometimes, a PCS move can even cause parental alienation. As a military parent, you have rights over your child, and there are laws protecting you from instances of parental alienation.

What is parental alienation?

Parental alienation happens when one parent tries to turn the child against the other parent. This can be harmful to your child’s emotional health and to your relationship with them. In military families, the constant moving and long absences can make this problem even worse.

The challenges of PCS moves

After a divorce, PCS moves can make it harder for you to maintain a strong relationship with your child. The distance can lead to missed visits, less communication and feelings of detachment. In instances of parental alienation, the custodial parent may use the move to limit or even stop contact between you and your child.

Your legal protections

Fortunately, there are laws in place to protect you from being alienated from your child. Courts usually try to keep the child’s best interest in mind, which includes maintaining a strong relationship with both parents. In Texas, Family Code §156.105 provides protections for military parents. For example, if your deployment or PCS move affects your ability to exercise your parental rights, you can request the court to modify the custody arrangements. This can include things like scheduled video calls, extended visits during school breaks or even special travel arrangements.

Dealing with parental alienation

If you are a military parent experiencing alienation, do not hesitate to seek support. Document any instances of isolation and discuss it with a family law attorney experienced with military divorce and custody issues. They can help you understand your rights and explore your legal options.

Remember that while PCS moves are a part of military life, they do not have to ruin your relationship with your child. Parental alienation is a serious issue affecting your relationship with your child. With the right support and legal guidance, you can maintain a meaningful relationship with your child.