A new law that was recently signed by the governor of Oklahoma will protect military members from losing child custody because of their service to their country.

According to the Tulsa World, House Bill 1603 will not allow for military deployment to be used as a reason to modify child custody agreements. In addition, the law will prohibit courts from enacting final orders while a parent is deployed. It will also allow for service members to appoint a family member to represent them on matters related to custody and visitation.

A number of other bills related to military members were also signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin, who spoke of their importance.

“We owe our very freedom to the servicemen and women who risk their lives to defend this state and this nation,” she said. “I am proud to be able to sign into law a series of bills that protect their families and their rights. They deserve nothing less.”

A similar bill protecting the child custody rights of men and women in the military was recently passed by the Ohio House, according to the Hudson Hub Times.

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