i am trying to join the navy in texas all navy recruiter are telling me that i have to give up custodial rights to my child. My lawyers are telling me it shouldn't be like that. they are also saying that its hard to have a custody case in texas because of dual powership or something like that. what should I do?
State/Country relating to question: United States
just talking with many recruits and my lawyers
Thanks for the chance to help. I am an attorney with over 12 years military law experience.The lawyers are correct...it SHOULD not be that way.But it is.Blame the economy. The poor economy has caused a flock of people turning to the military for jobs. Despite the war recruiting is way up in all branches. The need for the services to grant waivers has decreased. For example the Marines recently decreased their maximum age for enlistment. Its tough today to get into the military.So they are not allowing single parents into the military. You want to enlist? Give up custody to someone else. Once you finish your basic training, you can go back to court and have that modified.Or you can wait...if the wars get worse or the economy better, they may make it easier to enlist.
Retired Marine Corps Lawyer, Veterans Services Officer (VSO)
but if i give up custody how could i claim my son as a dependent and will i be able to claim him on my federal tax return. and do you know how different it is to do so in the state of texas.
YOu will not be able to claim for the time you do not have custody.But once you regain custody you can again claim the child both for taxes and for military pay.I do not know how TX runs its custody...you really will want to work with a TX lawyer to work that out PRIOR to singing anything with the military.
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