Life happens. And when it does, you need to be ready. Organizing legal affairs and filing stacks of paperwork might not top your list of favorite activities, but having the right documents in place can prevent common legal issues from turning into catastrophes for you and your family. Military OneSource provides guidance on a variety of legal issues.
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Prepare key legal documents
Having the necessary legal documents in place isn’t guaranteed to protect you from every potential issue. But it may help you sleep better at night and keep you from having to compile them in a frenzied state in the event of an emergency.
Start with a last will and testament, a durable or health care power of attorney, an advance medical directive and an estate plan to safeguard your family’s financial security.
BENEFITS & SUPPORT SERVICES FOR PREPARING KEY LEGAL DOCUMENTS
Manage the divorce process
State law and local procedures govern divorce, but there are certain federal statutes and military regulations that may apply to yours, depending on where you file.
Being in the military can present some additional legal issues affecting benefits, such as housing and supporting family members who may be separating. Military legal assistance attorneys are available to help you understand the legal implications of your divorce.
ARTICLES FOR MANAGING THE DIVORCE PROCESS
Be proactive with child custody
Military service can disrupt custody arrangements or visitation rights for children of divorced service members. Military OneSource can help you find an attorney who is familiar with military family child custody issues and assist you in identifying the processes and protections available for your particular case.
ARTICLES FOR BEING PROACTIVE WITH CHILD CUSTODY
Design a family care plan
If you have a deployment in your future, be ready for any potential event and create a family care plan ahead of time. Include information such as child care guidance, medical care information, parenting responsibilities, contact information and important documents.
Family care plans are required if you’re a single parent or a dual-military family with children younger than 19. Legal assistance offices can offer advice and review your plan with you.
TOOLS & RESOURCES FOR DESIGNING A FAMILY CARE PLAN
- Informed Consent in Military Medical Research
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- A Patient’s Rights and Responsibilities
ARTICLES FOR DESIGNING A FAMILY CARE PLAN
Resources, benefits, and support services for family legal issues
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