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I military service a factor in determining custody?

Not directly. In awarding custody, courts consider the "best interest of the child." To make this decision, the courts consider many factors including, but not limited to, the child’s preference if he or she is mature enough to make a decision; the ability and willingness of each parent to provide for the child’s physical, intellectual and emotional well-being; the willingness of the custodial parent to provide continuing contact between the child and the noncustodial parent; and abusive or criminal conduct by the other parent. These are the same considerations in custody decisions in civilian divorces.