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Airman continues to serve as a single mother after divorce

A parent serving in the military manages at least two important responsibilities. Children have many formative and emotional needs that only a primary caretaker can provide, and every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces demands the best of their officers and enlisted personnel. These twin honors can be nearly too much for many service members who have a civilian spouse or no spouse at all.

One noncommissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force is setting an example for how to juggle the duties of parenthood and being an airman with her service at a military installation in Fairfield. She married an Air Force controller turned officer and worked many local jobs while earning a bachelor's degree and preparing to enlist herself. She found out she was pregnant during technical training.

"Over time, I realized we had different expectations of one another," she said of her spouse. She filed for divorce three years ago and received full custody of her daughter, who required continuous care for an eye problem. The leadership of her squadron has been invaluable in supporting her joint responsibilities.

Families are also important supports during and after a military divorce. The airman's parents are helpful in looking after the girl during deployments or detached duty. She reports that dealing with the unknown is the greatest challenge of being a military mom. "[My daughter] makes being a single mom worth it," she said.

Members of the military who need to plan lives as single parents may start with legal representation. An attorney can help soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines prepare claims for child custody, post-divorce military benefits and other details of military divorces.

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