South Carolina legislators want to ensure that the state's service members don't have to fight for visitation rights at home while serving the nation abroad.
Formally called the "Military Parent Equal Protection Act," the bill moved quickly through the S.C. Senate and would prohibit judges from permanently modifying child-custody terms because military parents are separated from their children while on active duty.
The bill, introduced by Sen. Chip Campsen, R-Isle of Palms, passed the Senate on Wednesday and has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.
Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort, said the bill provides protection to those who protect the nation's freedoms.
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"When the Iraq war began about six years ago, our military parents expected hardship and sacrifice, but never dreamed that their children might be taken from them while they were serving our country overseas," Davis said. "One's service in the military should not ever be part of a tug-of-war over custody or visitation."
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