H.R.1898: To protect the child custody rights of deployed members of the Armed Forces, and for other purposes.

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about armed forces and national security
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Sponsor Michael R. Turner, R-Ohio
Total Cosponsors 11 (4 Democrats, 7 Republicans)
Introduced May 8, 2013
Latest Major Action May 24, 2013
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Bill Summary

Amends the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to provide that if a court renders a temporary order for custodial responsibility for a child based solely on a deployment or anticipated deployment of a parent-servicemember, then the court shall require that upon the return of that servicemember from deployment the custody order that was in effect preceding such deployment shall be reinstated, unless the court finds that reinstatement in not in the child's best interest. Prohibits a servicemember's deployment or possible deployment from being considered as the sole factor in the determination of a child's best interest in a motion seeking a permanent order to modify custody. Provides that under a temporary custody order, if a state law provides a higher standard of protection to the deploying parent-servicemember, then the appropriate court shall apply the higher standard.

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
May 24, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.
May 8, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.