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Gates Takes the Right Step toward Protecting Service Member Custody Rights

Gates Takes the Right Step toward Protecting Service Member Custody [...]

Gates Joins Turner in Fight for Service Member Child Custody Rights

Letter from Secretary of Defense Calls for Legislation Which Creates Uniform Standard of Protection

Congressman Mike Turner released a letter from Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, in which the Secretary agrees with Turner’s fight for a Uniformed Standard of Protection for Service members in child custody disputes. The Standard would apply specifically to those cases where [...]

Pentagon to support bill to protect troops' child custody rights

Pentagon to support bill to protect troops’ child custody [...]

Reps. Turner and Herseth Sandlin Call for Veterans Affairs Committee to Advance Important Child Custody Legislation

this week, The Oprah Winfrey Show will profile the issue of service members losing custody of their children due to their military service. During the taping of the program, Oprah spoke with Eva Crouch-Slusher, a Captain in the Kentucky National Guard, who Rep. Turner had previously invited to Washington, DC to meet with Members of Congress to advocate for the protection of servicemembers custody [...]

Turner Legislation Protecting Deployed Troops’ Child Custody Rights Advances in the House Veterans Affairs Committee

U.S. Representative Mike Turner today announced that his legislation to protect military parents in child custody cases, H.R. 4469, was approved by the Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity. It will next be considered by the full Veterans Affairs’ [...]

Debate lingers over how to protect deployed troops' custody rights

Rep. Michael Turner, R-Ohio, and Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, D-S.D., advocate including more specific language regarding custody rights in the Servicemembers Civil Relief [...]

Mike Turner to Gates: House Armed Services Committee Agrees DoD Report on Military Child Custody is Flawed

The House Armed Services Committee this week included in its FY2011 National Defense Authorization Act language criticizing a Department of Defense report on child custody litigation involving military servicemembers, and called for legislation to protect the rights of servicemembers in child custody [...]

Mike Turner’s Amendment to Protect Child Custody Rights of Deployed Troops Advances through the House Armed Services Committee

For a fourth consecutive year, legislation sponsored by U.S. Representative Mike Turner to protect military parents in child custody cases has advanced through the House Armed Services [...]

Reps. Turner, Herseth Sandlin Welcome Defense Secretary Gates’ “Fresh Look” at Military Child Custody Rights

Following a meeting at the Pentagon today with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, U.S. Representatives Michael R. Turner and Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-SD) expressed appreciation for the Secretary’s acknowledgement of the problem posed by use of deployment as a criterion in deciding child custody cases, as well as for his commitment to “take a fresh look” at protecting the rights of our servicemen and women in child custody [...]

Protecting Child Custody Rights for Service Members Should be a Priority

The stories are too frequent: a service member, many times a single mom, is called to serve her country and is given a short time to wind down her personal business and deploy. She makes temporary custody arrangements for her children usually with her former spouse, sometimes in the form of a non-binding [...]