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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.

  • 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.”


  • Your validation has pulled his life out of quicksand.

    “You've given him hope and thoughts of a productive future. He has reason to persevere.”


  • Michael and his staff made this process very easy for me. The entire staff was amazing throughout the process.

    “Any time I had question it was immediately answered.”

  • 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.”


  • Thank you so much for all your time, devotion, and care throughout this critical time.

    “I hope we can stay in touch throughout the years.”


  • I was blessed to have you and your team to represent me, it was worth every penny!

    “You all showed that you had my needs and desires at the forefront. ”


  • 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 and his team helped me negotiate a very favorable divorce settlement.

    “Mike Murphy and his team helped me negotiate a very favorable divorce settlement. Their advice and counsel allowed me to keep 100% of my military pension, sole ownership of my two homes, and helped reduce my spousal support payments from seven years to five. I never dreamed a settlement this favorable was possible, but Mike and his team made it a reality.”

    Former Client

  • 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.”

  • There is probably only a handful of attorney's of his experience and caliber.

    “His practice is almost fully electronic, which keeps costs down and enables him to help military families even stationed overseas.”