NAVY - OPNAV 1740.4C
(n135) U.S. Navy family care policy
|Publication Date:||7 May 2007|
To assist servicemembers in developing workable Family Care Plans and establishing procedural requirements and outlining legal options per reference (a). This instruction is a complete revision and should be reviewed in its entirety.
Applicability and Scope.
Servicemembers who meet the criteria defined in this instruction are required to complete and maintain a current Family Care Plan. The policy and guidance within this instruction is effective immediately. This instruction is not intended to, and does not create a right, entitlement, cause of action, or defense in favor of any individual and does not supersede a preexisting or subsequent separation agreement, court order, child custody order, or divorce decree that addresses child custody and support issues. Family Care Plans are mission planning tools that obligate the servicemember to establish and document plans to care for minor children and adult family members/dependents while the servicemember is absent. To be effective, Family Care Plans must consider and comply with applicable State and Federal laws governing child custody and parental rights. Family Care Plans are subject to court orders addressing child custody or support issues and cannot change, modify, or supersede existing court orders. This instruction places no limitations on the lawful prerogatives of the Department of the Navy (DON) or its officials. Existing Family Care Plans for all personnel should be reviewed for compliance with this instruction.