Saturday, December 31, 2005
Military parents serving overseas are given greater protection from losing custody of their children because of their deployment under laws signed Wednesday by Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm. The new laws prevent a court from changing a child's custody orders or placement while a parent is on active duty unless there is convincing evidence that such a change is in the best interest of the child. The legislation was developed when Army National Guard Spc. Joe McNeilly, of Grand Ledge, Michigan reported that he lost custody of his son after spending more than a year in Iraq. Source: South Bend Tribune, southbendtribune.com. For the complete story, please click here (last visited December 31, 2005, reo). Michigan House Bill 5100 and Michigan Senate Bill 714 may be found here.