New law protects service members' parental rights

Updated: 03/01/2014 10:32 PM | Created: 03/01/2014 6:43 PM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico parents who also serve in the armed forces won't have to worry about child custody disputes while away on deployment.

Gov. Susana Martinez signed into law Saturday legislation that will ensure child-custody arrangements cannot be modified in any way if one parent is currently deployed.

Martinez signed Senate Bill 130, the Service Member Child Custody Act, during a ceremony.

The bill was sponsored by state Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto (D-Albuquerque) and state Rep. Nathan Cote (D-Organ).

Martinez says the new law means service members can focus on fighting the enemy abroad instead of thinking about custody battles back home.

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