Fathers and Families’ legislative representative Michael Robinson discussed our efforts to protect military parents from family court abuses with Rick Ortiz of DadsDivorce Live recently. To listen to the audio of Robinson’s interview, click here.
Fathers and Families and its legislative representative Michael Robinson have also helped pass federal legislation to protect military parents. In 2007 Robinson worked closely with Ohio Congressman Michael Turner (R-Ohio) on Turner’s efforts to amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act in the National Defense Reauthorization Act (HR 1585) and (HR 4986). Through these efforts, family court and child custody proceedings were specifically added to the SCRA via HR 4986, which was signed by President Bush.
Turner continued his efforts in 2008, and the resulting National Defense Reauthorization Act (HR 2647) mandated that the Secretary of Defense produce a report on child custody litigation involving members of the Armed Forces, as well as international intrafamilial abductions of servicemembers” children. HR 2647 was signed by President Obama in October, 2009–to see these provisions, click here.