How can servicemen share parental responsibility while serving?

On behalf of Furr & Cohen, P.A. posted in Child Custody on Thursday, January 8, 2015.

Being a parent while serving in the military is very difficult. Whether you are serving a long-term assignment or a temporary one, forging a meaningful relationship with your child can prove difficult. There are several things that Florida military parents must consider when they have a child to care for.

How can I help my child understand why I am not around?

You can let your child know ahead of time how long you will be gone. Explain in an age-appropriate manner why you will be gone. Make sure that your child knows that you love them, that you want them to have fun and to be good while you are gone.

How can I take care of my child when I’m not there?

Make sure that you have arrangements made for the child’s care, which might mean the child’s other biological parent has to care for the child while you are gone. You can consider having someone videotape important events so you can watch them with your child later. You can be a big part of your child’s life by putting technology to use. Email your child if you have time to do that. You can consider video chats while you are away if you have something like that available.

It is difficult for all military parents to deal with being away from their child. For parents who aren’t with the child’s other biological parent, there are often special considerations that must be handled. Knowing what to do about these ahead of time can help to make dealing with the temporary assignments or long-term deployments easier.

Source:, “Long Distance Parenting” Jan. 05, 2015