Maine Revised Statutes

§343. Parental rights and responsibilities; parent on active duty

1. Departure under military orders.  A court may not consider departure from the family residence or absence from the child or children as an adverse factor in determining parental rights and responsibilities with respect to a minor child when the departing parent is a member of the National Guard or the Reserves of the United States Armed Forces under an order to active duty for a period of more than 30 days and whose absence is due to compliance with military orders.
[ 2005, c. 353, §4 (NEW) .]
2. Change of residence of child prohibited when parent under military orders.  A court may not order a change of the primary physical residence of a child when one of the child's parents is a member of the National Guard or the Reserves of the United States Armed Forces under an order to active duty for a period of more than 30 days and whose absence from the State is due to compliance with military orders unless the change is in the best interest of the child.
[ 2005, c. 353, §4 (NEW) .]
3. Application.  This section applies only if the service of the member referred to in subsection 1 or subsection 2 is in support of:
A. An operational mission for which members of the reserve components have been ordered to active duty without their consent; or [2005, c. 353, §4 (NEW).]
B. Forces activated during a period of war declared by Congress or a period of national emergency declared by the President or Congress. [2005, c. 353, §4 (NEW).]
[ 2005, c. 353, §4 (NEW) .]
SECTION HISTORY
2005, c. 353, §4 (NEW).

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