SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Paul Cook’s (R-Yucca Valley) AB 1807 was signed into law by the Governor today. This bill fixes a growing problem with custody rights that affects deployed military parents. When a divorced couple shares custody of a child and one of the parents is deployed due to military orders, full custody of the child is given temporarily to the non-deployed parent. Often, when the deployed parent returns, a custody battle ensues.
AB 1807 protects the parental rights of those deployed and provides that the original child custody agreement will be reinstated post-deployment. This allows for a quicker reunification of parent and child once the parent returns home. This bill makes the process quick, efficient, and fair, without compromising the best interest of both the parent and the child.
Michael Robinson, policy consultant for Fathers and Families, stated, “It’s a great day for military parents. Much appreciation to Cook for his dedication on not just one, but two bills helping military parents.”
Fathers and Families is a leading organization dedicated to protecting parental rights and advocating for the well-being of children. In 2010, Assemblyman Cook worked with Fathers and Families to get AB 2416 signed into law which provided assistance to military parents with child custody issues.
Cook explained, “This bill is all about the bond between parent and child and making sure our laws honor our values and that bond. The last thing military parents should be worrying about when deployed is a custody battle when they return home. This legislation will help end the courts’ prejudice against military parents and right a terrible wrong that has plagued service members for too long. I’m very grateful for all the hard work Michael Robinson and Fathers and Families have done on this important subject.”
Assemblyman Paul Cook represents the Inland Empire, including portions of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.