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Relocation Of Children With Military Parents In Fairfax

Considering The Needs Of Military Families In Northern Virginia

Service members and their families know that every duty station is temporary, and a move is always on the horizon. With the constant moving, deployments, and temporary assignments required of military members, it is important that they take into consideration custody and visitation with minor children. There are federal laws that protect service members and their families and allow for military relocation. If you are a service member or custodial parent looking for legal assistance with a military move and relocation of children, call our Fairfax military divorce lawyers right away.

At the Law Offices of Michael Kevin Murphy, PLLC, our founding attorney is a former U.S. Army officer with over 30 years of legal experience, so he understands the unique needs of our military families. He can help create effective arrangements, modify divorce decrees as necessary, and work with the courts to develop an appropriate visitation and custody agreement for your family.

For more information relocating in the military with children, call (703) 343-9539 and schedule a consultation today.

Your Rights As A Service Member

There are certain circumstances that need to be taken into consideration when trying to take custody or visitation of a child in the event of a military move. In most cases, custody agreements without military provisions must abide by state laws. For example, if your divorce was finalized in Virginia but you are being relocated to California and your divorce decree does not have a military provision, all custodial laws and visitations set forth in the state of Virginia will stand, despite being relocated to a different state.

Considerations by a family law judge may be made if:

  • You are able to provide sufficient evidence that it is in your child’s best interests to move or visit you in the new location
  • Obtain permission from the state to relocate with your child
  • Determine that the child’s wishes are to relocate to the new duty station
  • Obtain a modification in your divorce decree pertaining to military service and relocation

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act protects the rights of active duty parents in all branches, including the reserves and National Guard when called to active duty status. Each state also provides laws put in place to protect the custodial rights of service members.

To understand the laws and provisions as they pertain to you and your military service, you should always work with a Fairfax military relocation attorney.

Questions About Your Service & Relocation?

Are you concerned about your rights as a parent and how your custody and visitation may change because of your military service? You should turn your trust to the Law Offices of Michael Kevin Murphy, PLLC. We have a vast understanding of state and federal laws as they pertain to service members and their families, and we will work hard to help you develop a personalized solution to your case.

For more information on how we could help, call us directly at (703) 343-9539 and schedule a consultation today. We routinely serve families in Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun, Arlington, and Stafford Counties and the City of Alexandria in Northern Virginia.

Why Hire Law Offices of Michael Kevin Murphy, PLLC?

  • Our Attorney is a former U. S. Army officer.

  • Our firm is award winning & top rated.

  • We serve clients domestically & internationally.

  • Located close to the Fairfax County Courthouse.

  • We have over 30 years of legal experience.

  • Without his guidance and representation I am confident that I would be lost and without my children.

    “I could not be more grateful to Mike for what he has done for me and my family.”


  • It is not only the legal work - but the feeling of protection, understanding, and caring that sets you apart.

    “I thank you both for bolstering me up and looking out for me when I needed it most.”


  • When I think of Mr. Michael K. Murphy words like top-tier, superlative, exemplary, first-class, and second to none immediately come to mind.

    “I could not have made a better decision in choosing him to represent me.”

  • As a former army ranger, he has a profound understanding of the nuances in military lifestyle and legal considerations and that understanding was of great benefit to me at every juncture.

    “I highly recommend Michael Murphy and his team to anyone who requires any service in family law, but particularly to military members who have any family law concern.”

    Cory L.

  • I found Mr. Murphy's staff so welcoming and helpful through this entire process that it made an extremely stressful time a little less difficult.

    “He assisted me in drafting a Marital Separation Agreement that my (now) ex husband and I were able to come to agreement in signing, just over a month after we initiated the process. ”


  • Mike Murphy successfully defended me in the military law courts and shepherded me through the civilian divorce process.

    “This is only possible thanks to Mike Murphy and his staff and I'm eternally thankful.”

  • I never dreamed a settlement this favorable was possible, but Mike and his team made it a reality.

    “Mike Murphy and his team helped me negotiate a very favorable divorce settlement.”


  • He understands the lives and needs of service members and their families and I would say he is one of the best

    “I came to Mike under these circumstances and can definitively say that he is exactly the kind of confident, competent and aggressive family law attorney you need in a crisis.”


  • I will forever be thankful as does my family, for all the hard work he put into this case.

    “You have honestly changed my life for the better.”


  • I want to thank you for your wise counsel and words of encouragement over the last 18 months.

    “It was an ordeal for me, but your assistance undoubtedly made it easier. ”