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Family care plans are vital for parents serving in the military

Parents who are serving in the military still want to take care of their children. If a no-notice deployment occurs, the parent who is in the military might not have time to make arrangements for his or her children. For that reason, it is vital that all parents in the military have a family care plan in place at all times.

A family care plan is required for some parents who are serving in the military. Even parents who aren't required to have a family care plan can still create one just to make things easier in the event of a deployment.

If both of a child's parents are in the military and still a couple, they must create one family care plan. Both of them will sign this single plan.

Single parents who have children who haven't yet turned 19 years old and any military member who is responsible for a dependent who isn't yet 19 years old must also have a family care plan. Military members who have a spouse that is unable to drive, access resources or speak English proficiently has to create a family care plan.

If you are going through a divorce, are serving in the military and have dependents, you will likely be required to create a family care plan. It is vital that you have all the legal documentation in place so that if you are called out, your children are cared for while you are gone. Your family care plan and all documentation should be reviewed periodically to ensure that it is all still legally enforceable, valid and accurate.

Source: Health and Human Services, "A Handbook for Military Families," accessed Sep. 09, 2015

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