Department of the Army Regulation 608-99

Personal Affairs

Family Support, Child Custody, and Paternity

29 October 2003

Effective date: 29 November 2003

UNCLASSIFIED

PIN: 004407000

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History: This publication is a major revision.

Summary: This regulation prescribes Army policy on financial support of family members, child custody and visitation, paternity, and related matters. It also implements Department of Defense (DOD) Directive 5525.9 with regard to soldiers and family members stationed or residing outside of the United States on court-related requests for assistance arising from financial support, child custody and visitation, paternity, and related cases.

Applicability: a. This regulation applies toŚ
(1) The Active Army, including cadets at the U.S. Military Academy.
(2) The U.S. Army Reserve on active duty pursuant to orders for 30 days or more.
(3) All members of the Army National Guard of the United States on active duty for 30 days or more.
(4) Members of the Army National Guard on active duty for 30 days or more pursuant to orders under Title 32, United States Code, except for the punitive provisions of this regulation.
(5) Family members who are command-sponsored and reside outside of the United States.
(6) Soldiers receiving full or partial pay and allowances while confined at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks or other confinement facilities.
b. This regulation applies during mobilization.
c. Paragraphs 2-5 and 2-11 of this regulation are punitive with regard to soldiers. A violation of either paragraph is separately punishable as a violation of a lawful general regulation under Article 92, Uniform Code of Military Justice . Penalties for violating either of these paragraphs include the full range of statutory and regulatory sanctions, both criminal and administrative. These and other provisions of this regulation may also be the basis for a commissioned, warrant, or noncommissioned officer to issue a lawful order to a soldier.
d. Provisions of this regulation regarding compliance with court orders on financial support, child custody and visitation, paternity, and related matters apply to family members who are command sponsored and reside outside of the United States. Noncompliance with such orders may adversely affect their continued entitlement to command sponsorship or the duration of their sponsor's military assignment outside of the United States.

Proponent and Exception Authority: The proponent of this regulation is the Judge Advocate General (TJAG). TJAG has the authority to approve exceptions to this regulation that are consistent with controlling law and regulation. TJAG may delegate the approval authority, in writing, to a division chief within the proponent agency in the grade of colonel or the civilian equivalent.

Army Management Control Process: This regulation is not subject to the requirements of AR 11-2 and does not contain management control provisions.

Supplementation: Supplementation of this regulation and the establishment of command and local forms are prohibited without prior approval from the Office of The Judge Advocate General, Legal Assistance Policy Division, 1777 North Kent Street, Rosslyn, VA 22209-2194.

Suggested Improvements: Users are invited to send comments and suggested improvements on DA Form 2028 (Recommended Changes to Publications and Blank Forms) directly to the Office of The Judge Advocate General, Legal Assistance Policy Division, 1777 North Kent Street, Rosslyn, VA 22209-2194.

Distribution: This publication is available in electronic media only and is intended for command levels A, B, C, D, and E for the Active Army, the Army National Guard of the United States, and the U.S. Army Reserve.


This regulation supersedes AR 608-99, dated 1 November 1994.



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