By entering the military the effect of one’s parenting responsibilities can be altered fairly drastically, and this is largely due to the time commitments involved. The military often has mandatory training programs and exercises that can take someone away from visitation for weeks or even months at a time, and this needs to be accounted for because otherwise you could miss out on time with your children. Having a legal professional go over your options carefully can make a large difference with regard to what is occurring currently in your legal proceeding.
Usually the best solution to one of these situations is to arrange an alternate schedule with your ex-wife. If they are not being cooperative, speak to a legal professional about filing a motion with the court in order to receive some sort of a visitation time going forward. At times the military is willing to work with the serviceman in question by stationing them closer to their children. These sorts of arrangements can be somewhat flexible depending on the situation.
When a deployment away from home is unavoidable, there can be times that someone else might be able to take over visitation. Someone such as the serviceman’s parents can be made to stand in place of the parent in question.
If an amicable solution cannot be found by both parents then there are laws in place to protect both the visitation and custody rights of the serviceman in question. A legal professional knowledgeable about these matters can ensure a proper outcome.