Conaway & Singleton Bill to Ensure Parents in Armed Forces Receive Fair Treatment in Child Custody Cases OK’d by Assembly Panel
(TRENTON) – An Assembly panel on Monday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Herb Conaway, Jr. M.D. and Troy Singleton that would ensure parents serving in the Armed Forces who are involved in custody cases are not disadvantaged by certain military absences.
The bill (A-2164) would address child custody and parenting time arrangements in the event of prolonged military service absences of 30 or more days by service members, based upon: (1) deployments for combat or other operations, training duty, or attendance at a military service school, or (2) service-related treatments due to a service injury, illness, or other health condition.
“Custody cases should revolve around what’s truly best for the child, and that should include fairness for a parent on active military duty or who is being treated for a service-related injury,” said Conaway (D-Burlington). “All this does is ensure a parent isn’t penalized by serving in the military. Our veterans make enough sacrifices. The opportunity to be involved with their children should not be one of them.”