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Airman Awarded Custody of Child After Spouse Became Violent and Wouldn’t Allow Airman to Visit the Child

April 9, 2021

An Air Force servicemember and his spouse had a child together, and shortly thereafter the spouse became distant, and the couple separated. The spouse only allowed the Airman to have supervised visits for about 1 hour a week with the child. The spouse would not share information with her husband about the child’s pediatrician, would not allow the Airman’s family to see the child, even through FaceTime, and was physically abusive to her husband. Worried about his child’s safety, he visited his legal assistance office. His case was referred to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project, and he was matched with a pro bono attorney.
The pro bono attorney advocated for the Airman throughout the contested divorce and custody trial. With the volunteer attorney’s help, the Airman was awarded custody of the child in the divorce judgment.

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