Martinez signs child custody bill for deployed service members
POSTED: Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 2:14pm
UPDATED: Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 3:12pm
Albuquerque (KTSM) — Saturday, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez signed into law legislation that protects the parental rights of deployed service members.
According to Martinez's office, SB 130, the Service Member Child Custody Act, ensures that child custody arrangements cannot be modified while a parent is deployed for military service.
The increased deployment of service members in recent years has raised difficult child custody issues that profoundly affect both children's welfare and service members' ability to serve their country efficiently, a representative for the Governor told KTSM.
"With this new law, our deployed service members won't have to worry about a custody battle thousands of miles away at home while they are busy fighting the enemy in a war zone," said Governor Martinez.
This legislation was sponsored by Senator Daniel Ivey-Soto (D-Albuquerque) and Representative Nathan Cote (D-Organ).