senate Bill S1127A

Creates the short-term military service guardian

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  • 11 / Jan / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 1127A
  • 16 / Apr / 2013
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Summary

Creates the short term military service guardian; allows parent w/o joint custody to appoint service guardian; provides for a maximum appointment of 180 days.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5083
Versions:
S1127
S1127A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Assembly Judiciary
Law Section:
Domestic Relations Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 6-A §§90 - 92, Dom Rel L; add §255, Mil L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S3192
2009-2010: S2986

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BILL NUMBER:S1127A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the domestic relations law and the mili-
tary law, in relation to the creation of the short-term military service
guardian

PURPOSE AND JUSTIFICATION: This bill would create a simple and straight-
forward mechanism for parents or guardians who find themselves deployed
for short term military service to appoint a short term military guardi-
an for their minor child or children while they are serving their coun-
try. This bill only applies to situations where the parent in active
military service has physical custody, and does not share joint custody.
Such appointment cannot be made if there is another living parent whose
whereabouts are known and whose parental rights have not been termi-
nated, and who is able and willing to assume the day-to-day child care
decisions, unless the appointment is consented to by such other parent.
The original appointment is for no longer than 180 days, but the guardi-
an can be reappointed by executing a new form. The law makes clear that
such an appointment does not affect any other parent's rights.

With all the other worries and considerations that come with a deploy-
ment for military service, parents or guardians who are called upon to
serve their country should be able to chose a guardian for their infant
children during their deployment without undue complication.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 creates a new Article 6-A,
"Short-Term Military Service Guardian", in the Domestic Relations Law.

Section 90 defines "short-term military service guardian".

Section 91 sets forth:

1. When a parent or guardian may appoint a short-term military guardian;

2. Limitations when such a guardian may not be appointed;

3. Notice requirements for such appointment;

4. Effective date of such appointment;

5. Each appointment may be amended or revoked by the parent at any time;

6. Such an appointment does not affect the rights of the other parent;

7. Suggests a form to be used for such an appointment.

Section 92 sets forth the duties and authority of the short-term mili-
tary guardian.

Section 2 amends the Military Law by adding a new section 253 to provide
that child custody proceedings filed in a court of competent jurisdic-
tion involving a short-term military service guardian shall be governed
by Article 6-A of the Domestic Relations Law.

Section 3 provides that the act shall take effect on the one hundred
twentieth day after it shall have become law.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12 - S.3192/A.1081 -- PASSED
SENATE/Judiciary 2010 - S.2986/A.5882-A -- CODES/Judiciary 2008 -
S.7121/A.10986 -- JUDICIARY/Judiciary

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth
day after it shall have become law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 1127--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. RANZENHOFER, DeFRANCISCO, GOLDEN, LARKIN, MAZIARZ,
  ZELDIN -- read twice and ordered  printed,  and  when  printed  to  be
  committed  to the Committee on Judiciary -- committee discharged, bill
  amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said  commit-
  tee

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  domestic relations law and the military law, in
  relation to the creation of the short-term military service guardian

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The domestic relations law is amended by adding a new arti-
cle 6-A to read as follows:
                               ARTICLE 6-A
                  SHORT-TERM MILITARY SERVICE GUARDIAN
SECTION 90. DEFINITIONS.
        91. SHORT-TERM MILITARY SERVICE GUARDIAN.
        92. DUTIES OF A SHORT-TERM MILITARY SERVICE GUARDIAN OF A MINOR.
  S  90.  DEFINITIONS.  "SHORT-TERM  MILITARY  SERVICE GUARDIAN" MEANS A
GUARDIAN OF THE PERSON OF A MINOR, AS APPOINTED UNDER SECTION NINETY-ONE
OF THIS ARTICLE, EFFECTIVE ON THE DATE OF THE APPOINTMENT OR  TO  BECOME
EFFECTIVE  AT  A  LATER  DATE  UNDER SECTION NINETY-ONE OF THIS ARTICLE,
EXCEPT THAT A  SHORT-TERM  MILITARY  SERVICE  GUARDIAN  SHALL  HAVE  THE
AUTHORITY  TO  APPLY  FOR AND RECEIVE ON BEHALF OF THE MINOR BENEFITS TO
WHICH THE CHILD MAY BE ENTITLED FROM OR UNDER FEDERAL,  STATE  OR  LOCAL
ORGANIZATIONS OR PROGRAMS.
  S  91.  SHORT-TERM  MILITARY SERVICE GUARDIAN. 1.   A PERSON WHO IS IN
ACTIVE MILITARY SERVICE AND WHO IS A PARENT, ADOPTIVE PARENT, OR ADJUDI-
CATED PARENT WHO HAS PHYSICAL CUSTODY OF A MINOR CHILD AND WHO DOES  NOT
SHARE  JOINT CUSTODY OF THE CHILD MAY APPOINT IN WRITING, WITH NOTICE TO
THE OTHER LIVING PARENT OF THE CHILD AND TO THE COURT  AS  DESCRIBED  IN
SUBDIVISION  TWO OF THIS SECTION, A SHORT-TERM MILITARY SERVICE GUARDIAN

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04843-03-3

S. 1127--A                          2

OF THE MINOR CHILD. THE WRITTEN INSTRUMENT APPOINTING A SHORT-TERM MILI-
TARY SERVICE GUARDIAN SHALL BE DATED AND SHALL IDENTIFY  THE  APPOINTING
PARENT,  THE OTHER LIVING PARENT, THE MINOR, AND THE PERSON APPOINTED TO
BE  THE  SHORT-TERM  MILITARY  SERVICE  GUARDIAN. THE WRITTEN INSTRUMENT
SHALL BE SIGNED BY, OR AT THE DIRECTION OF, THE APPOINTING PARENT IN THE
PRESENCE OF AT LEAST TWO CREDIBLE WITNESSES, AT LEAST EIGHTEEN YEARS  OF
AGE,  NEITHER  OF WHOM IS RELATED TO THE PARENT NOR THE PERSON APPOINTED
AS THE SHORT-TERM MILITARY SERVICE GUARDIAN. THE PERSON APPOINTED AS THE
SHORT-TERM MILITARY SERVICE GUARDIAN SHALL ALSO SIGN THE WRITTEN INSTRU-
MENT, BUT NEED NOT SIGN AT THE SAME TIME AS THE APPOINTING PARENT.
  2. A PARENT SHALL NOT APPOINT A SHORT-TERM MILITARY  SERVICE  GUARDIAN
OF A MINOR CHILD IF THE CHILD HAS ANOTHER LIVING PARENT, ADOPTIVE PARENT
OR ADJUDICATED PARENT:
  (A) WHO HAS JOINT CUSTODY OF THE CHILD,
  (B) WHOSE PARENTAL RIGHTS HAVE NOT BEEN TERMINATED,
  (C) WHOSE WHEREABOUTS ARE KNOWN, AND
  (D)  WHO  IS  WILLING  AND ABLE TO MAKE AND CARRY OUT DAY-TO-DAY CHILD
CARE DECISIONS CONCERNING THE MINOR, UNLESS  THE  NON-APPOINTING  PARENT
CONSENTS  TO  THE  APPOINTMENT  BY  SIGNING  THE  WRITTEN  INSTRUMENT OF
APPOINTMENT.
  3. THE APPOINTING PARENT SHALL ATTACH TO THE WRITTEN INSTRUMENT HIS OR
HER SWORN STATEMENT OF MAILING THAT STATES HE OR SHE SENT, NO LATER THAN
TWO DAYS AFTER THE WRITTEN INSTRUMENT WAS COMPLETED, COPIES  OF  HIS  OR
HER SWORN STATEMENT OF MAILING AND THE WRITTEN INSTRUMENT CONTAINING ALL
REQUIRED  SIGNATURES  AND  DATES BY CERTIFIED OR REGISTERED MAIL, RETURN
RECEIPT REQUESTED TO:
  (A) THE LAST KNOWN ADDRESS OF THE OTHER LIVING PARENT,
  (B) THE COURT WHICH ISSUED THE ORDER THAT AWARDED PHYSICAL CUSTODY  OF
THE CHILD TO THE APPOINTING PARENT,
  (C)  THE  COURT  (IF  DIFFERENT  FROM  THE COURT THAT AWARDED PHYSICAL
CUSTODY OF THE CHILD TO THE APPOINTING PARENT)  WHICH  ISSUED  THE  LAST
ORDER  THAT  CONCERNS  THE  CHILD, THE CHILD'S SUPPORT, OR CUSTODY OF OR
VISITATION WITH THE CHILD, AND
  (D) IF THERE IS NO COURT ORDER, THEN TO THE COURT CLERK IN THE  COUNTY
IN WHICH THE CHILD RESIDES.
  4.    THE  APPOINTMENT  OF THE SHORT-TERM MILITARY SERVICE GUARDIAN IS
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY UPON THE DATE THE WRITTEN INSTRUMENT IS  EXECUTED,
UNLESS  THE  WRITTEN  INSTRUMENT  PROVIDES FOR THE APPOINTMENT TO BECOME
EFFECTIVE UPON A LATER SPECIFIED  DATE  OR  EVENT.  THE  APPOINTMENT  IS
EFFECTIVE WITHOUT COURT APPROVAL. THE SHORT-TERM MILITARY SERVICE GUARD-
IAN  SHALL HAVE AUTHORITY TO ACT AS GUARDIAN OF THE MINOR AS PROVIDED IN
ARTICLE SIX OF THIS CHAPTER FOR A PERIOD OF ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY DAYS FROM
THE DATE THE APPOINTMENT IS  EFFECTIVE  UNLESS  THE  WRITTEN  INSTRUMENT
PROVIDES FOR THE APPOINTMENT TO TERMINATE UPON AN EARLIER SPECIFIED DATE
OR  EVENT.  ONLY ONE WRITTEN INSTRUMENT APPOINTING A SHORT-TERM MILITARY
SERVICE GUARDIAN MAY BE IN FORCE  AT  ANY  GIVEN  TIME,  BUT  A  WRITTEN
INSTRUMENT  PREPARED  IN  ACCORDANCE  WITH THE SAME REQUIREMENTS OF THIS
SECTION MAY REAPPOINT THE SHORT-TERM MILITARY SERVICE GUARDIAN OR NAME A
DIFFERENT SUCCESSOR SHORT-TERM MILITARY SERVICE GUARDIAN  FOR  AN  ADDI-
TIONAL  PERIOD  OF  ONE  HUNDRED  EIGHTY  DAYS.  A  REAPPOINTMENT OR THE
APPOINTMENT OF A SUCCESSOR SHORT-TERM MILITARY SERVICE GUARDIAN  MAY  BE
ACCOMPLISHED  BY A WRITTEN INSTRUMENT COMPLETED BEFORE THE EXPIRATION OF
THE FIRST WRITTEN INSTRUMENT.
  5. EVERY APPOINTMENT OF A SHORT-TERM MILITARY SERVICE GUARDIAN MAY  BE
AMENDED OR REVOKED BY THE APPOINTING PARENT OF THE MINOR AT ANY TIME AND
IN  ANY  MANNER COMMUNICATED TO THE SHORT-TERM MILITARY SERVICE GUARDIAN

S. 1127--A                          3

OR TO ANY OTHER PERSON. ANY PERSON OTHER THAN  THE  SHORT-TERM  MILITARY
SERVICE  GUARDIAN  TO  WHOM A REVOCATION OR AMENDMENT IS COMMUNICATED OR
DELIVERED SHALL MAKE ALL REASONABLE EFFORTS  TO  INFORM  THE  SHORT-TERM
MILITARY SERVICE GUARDIAN OF THAT FACT AS PROMPTLY AS POSSIBLE.
  6.  THE  APPOINTMENT  OF  A  SHORT-TERM  MILITARY  SERVICE GUARDIAN OR
SUCCESSOR SHORT-TERM MILITARY  SERVICE  GUARDIAN  DOES  NOT  AFFECT  THE
RIGHTS OF THE OTHER PARENT IN THE MINOR.
  7.  THE  WRITTEN  INSTRUMENT  APPOINTING A SHORT-TERM MILITARY SERVICE
GUARDIAN MAY, BUT NEED NOT, BE IN THE FOLLOWING FORM:
           APPOINTMENT OF SHORT-TERM MILITARY SERVICE GUARDIAN
           IT IS IMPORTANT TO READ THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS
  BY PROPERLY COMPLETING THIS FORM, A  PARENT  OF  THE  MINOR  CHILD  IS
APPOINTING  A  SHORT-TERM  MILITARY  SERVICE  GUARDIAN OF A CHILD OF THE
PARENT FOR A PERIOD OF UP TO ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY (180) DAYS.  A  SEPARATE
FORM  SHOULD  BE  COMPLETED  FOR EACH CHILD. THE PERSON APPOINTED AS THE
SHORT-TERM MILITARY SERVICE GUARDIAN MUST SIGN THE FORM, BUT NEED NOT DO
SO AT THE SAME TIME AS THE PARENT OR PARENTS. THIS FORM MAY BE  USED  TO
REAPPOINT A SHORT-TERM MILITARY SERVICE GUARDIAN OR TO APPOINT A SUCCES-
SOR SHORT-TERM MILITARY SERVICE GUARDIAN SO AS TO EXTEND THE ENTIRE TIME
OF  THE GUARDIANSHIP TO A PERIOD OF THREE HUNDRED SIXTY (360) DAYS. BOTH
LIVING PARENTS OF A CHILD MAY TOGETHER  APPOINT  A  SHORT-TERM  MILITARY
SERVICE  GUARDIAN OF THE CHILD FOR A PERIOD OF UP TO THREE HUNDRED SIXTY
(360) DAYS THROUGH THE USE OF THIS  FORM.  IF  THE  SHORT-TERM  MILITARY
SERVICE  GUARDIAN  IS APPOINTED BY BOTH LIVING PARENTS OF THE CHILD, THE
PARENTS NEED NOT SIGN THE FORM AT THE SAME TIME.
  1. PARENT AND CHILD. I (INSERT NAME OF APPOINTING  PARENT),  CURRENTLY
RESIDING  AT  (INSERT  ADDRESS OF APPOINTING PARENT), AM A PARENT OF THE
FOLLOWING CHILD: (INSERT NAME AND DATE OF BIRTH OF CHILD).
  2. GUARDIAN. I HEREBY APPOINT THE FOLLOWING PERSON AS  THE  SHORT-TERM
MILITARY  SERVICE  GUARDIAN  FOR  THE CHILD: (INSERT NAME AND ADDRESS OF
APPOINTED PERSON).
  3. EFFECTIVE DATE. THIS APPOINTMENT BECOMES EFFECTIVE: (CHECK  ONE  IF
YOU WISH IT TO BE APPLICABLE)
  (  )  ON  THE DATE THAT I STATE IN WRITING THAT I AM NO LONGER ABLE TO
MAKE AND CARRY OUT DAY-TO-DAY CHILD CARE DECISIONS CONCERNING THE  CHILD
BECAUSE OF MY ACTIVE DUTY STATUS IN THE MILITARY.
  ( ) ON THE FOLLOWING DATE: (INSERT DATE).
  ( ) OTHER (INSERT OTHER).
  (NOTE:  IF  THIS  ITEM  IS NOT COMPLETED, THE APPOINTMENT IS EFFECTIVE
IMMEDIATELY UPON THE DATE THE FORM IS SIGNED AND DATED BELOW.)
  4. TERMINATION. THIS APPOINTMENT SHALL TERMINATE  ONE  HUNDRED  EIGHTY
(180)  DAYS  AFTER  THE  EFFECTIVE  DATE, UNLESS IT TERMINATES SOONER AS
DETERMINED BY THE EVENT OR DATE I HAVE INDICATED BELOW:   (CHECK ONE  IF
YOU WISH IT TO BE APPLICABLE)
  (  ) ON THE DATE THAT I STATE IN WRITING THAT I AM WILLING AND ABLE TO
MAKE AND CARRY OUT DAY-TO-DAY CHILD CARE DECISIONS CONCERNING THE CHILD.
  ( ) ON THE DATE WHICH IS (STATE A NUMBER OF DAYS, BUT NO MORE THAN ONE
HUNDRED EIGHTY (180) DAYS) DAYS AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE.
  ( ) OTHER: (INSERT OTHER). (NOTE: IF THIS ITEM IS NOT  COMPLETED,  THE
APPOINTMENT  WILL  BE EFFECTIVE FOR A PERIOD OF ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY (180)
DAYS, BEGINNING ON THE EFFECTIVE DATE.)
  5. DATE AND SIGNATURE OF APPOINTING PARENT. THIS APPOINTMENT  IS  MADE
THIS (INSERT DAY) DAY OF (INSERT MONTH AND YEAR).
  SIGNED: (APPOINTING PARENT)
  6.  WITNESSES.  I  SAW THE APPOINTING PARENT SIGN THIS INSTRUMENT OR I
SAW THE PARENT DIRECT SOMEONE TO SIGN THIS INSTRUMENT  FOR  THE  PARENT.

S. 1127--A                          4

THEN  I  SIGNED  THIS  INSTRUMENT  AS  A  WITNESS IN THE PRESENCE OF THE
PARENT. I AM NOT APPOINTED IN THIS INSTRUMENT TO ACT AS  THE  SHORT-TERM
MILITARY  SERVICE GUARDIAN FOR THE CHILD. I AM NOT RELATED TO THE PARENT
OR  TO THE PERSON APPOINTED AS THE SHORT-TERM MILITARY SERVICE GUARDIAN.
(INSERT SPACE FOR NAMES, ADDRESSES, AND SIGNATURES OF TWO (2) WITNESSES)
  7. ACCEPTANCE OF SHORT-TERM MILITARY SERVICE GUARDIAN. I  ACCEPT  THIS
APPOINTMENT AS SHORT-TERM MILITARY SERVICE GUARDIAN ON THIS (INSERT DAY)
DAY OF (INSERT MONTH AND YEAR).
  SIGNED: (SHORT-TERM MILITARY SERVICE GUARDIAN)
  8.  CONSENT  OF  CHILD'S OTHER PARENT-IF APPLICABLE. I (INSERT NAME OF
THE CHILD'S OTHER LIVING PARENT), CURRENTLY RESIDING AT (INSERT  ADDRESS
OF  CHILD'S  OTHER LIVING PARENT), HEREBY CONSENT TO THIS APPOINTMENT ON
THIS (INSERT DAY) DAY OF (INSERT MONTH AND YEAR).
  SIGNED: (CONSENTING PARENT)
  (NOTE: THE SIGNATURE OF A CONSENTING PARENT IS NOT NECESSARY IF ONE OF
THE FOLLOWING APPLIES: (I) THE OTHER PARENT DOES NOT HAVE JOINT  CUSTODY
OF  THE  CHILD;  (II)  THE  CHILD'S  OTHER PARENT HAS DIED; OR (III) THE
WHEREABOUTS OF THE CHILD'S OTHER PARENT  ARE  NOT  KNOWN;  OR  (IV)  THE
CHILD'S  OTHER  PARENT  IS  NOT  WILLING  OR  ABLE TO MAKE AND CARRY OUT
DAY-TO-DAY CHILD CARE DECISIONS CONCERNING THE CHILD;  (V)  THE  CHILD'S
PARENTS WERE NEVER MARRIED AND NO COURT HAS ISSUED AN ORDER ESTABLISHING
PARENTAGE;  OR (VI) THE PARENTAL RIGHTS OF THE CHILD'S OTHER PARENT HAVE
BEEN TERMINATED BY A COURT ORDER.)
  SWORN STATEMENT OF MAILING
  I (INSERT NAME OF APPOINTING PARENT), CURRENTLY  RESIDING  AT  (INSERT
ADDRESS  OF APPOINTING PARENT), DELIVERED A SIGNED AND DATED COPY OF THE
ATTACHED APPOINTMENT OF SHORT-TERM MILITARY SERVICE GUARDIAN BY DEPOSIT-
ING IT IN A UNITED STATES POST OFFICE OR POST OFFICE BOX, ENCLOSED IN AN
ENVELOPE, PLAINLY ADDRESSED TO EACH PERSON OR OFFICE AT THE  APPROPRIATE
ADDRESS  LISTED BELOW, WITH POSTAGE FULLY PREPAID FOR DELIVERY BY CERTI-
FIED OR REGISTERED MAIL TO:
  (1) (NAME OF OTHER LIVING PARENT)  (INSERT  ADDRESS  OF  OTHER  LIVING
PARENT);
  (2)  NAME  OF  THE  COURT WHICH ISSUED THE ORDER THAT AWARDED PHYSICAL
CUSTODY OF THE CHILD TO THE APPOINTING PARENT (INSERT ADDRESS OF COURT);
  (3) THE COURT WHICH ISSUED THE LAST ORDER THAT CONCERNS THE CHILD, THE
CHILD'S SUPPORT, CUSTODY OR VISITATION WITH THE CHILD (INSERT ADDRESS OF
COURT); AND
  (4) IF THERE IS NO COURT ORDER, THEN TO THE COURT CLERK IN THE  COUNTY
IN WHICH THE CHILD RESIDES (INSERT ADDRESS OF COURT CLERK)
  DATE  AND  SIGNATURE. DATED THIS (INSERT DAY) DAY OF (INSERT MONTH AND
YEAR).
  SIGNED:  (DESIGNATING PARENT OR GUARDIAN)
  COUNTY OF __________________________________
  STATE OF  __________________________________
  ON THIS (INSERT DAY) OF (INSERT MONTH AND YEAR) AT  (INSERT  CITY  AND
STATE), (INSERT NAME OF APPOINTING PARENT), APPEARED BEFORE ME, A NOTARY
PUBLIC  OF  AND FOR THE COUNTY AND STATE FIRST ABOVE WRITTEN AND IDENTI-
FIED HIMSELF OR HERSELF TO BE OR PERSONALLY KNOWN TO ME TO  BE,  (INSERT
NAME OF APPOINTING PARENT) AND BEING FIRST DULY SWORN, SIGNED HIS OR HER
SIGNATURE ABOVE.
  (SEAL)
  SIGNED (NAME OF NOTARY PUBLIC)
  (PRINTED NAME OF NOTARY PUBLIC)
  S  92. DUTIES OF A SHORT-TERM MILITARY SERVICE GUARDIAN OF A MINOR. 1.
IMMEDIATELY UPON THE EFFECTIVE DATE OR THE APPOINTMENT OF  A  SHORT-TERM

S. 1127--A                          5

MILITARY  SERVICE  GUARDIAN,  THE  SHORT-TERM  MILITARY SERVICE GUARDIAN
SHALL ASSUME ALL DUTIES AS SHORT-TERM MILITARY SERVICE GUARDIAN  OF  THE
MINOR AS PROVIDED IN THIS SECTION. THE SHORT-TERM MILITARY SERVICE GUAR-
DIAN  OF  THE  PERSON SHALL HAVE AUTHORITY TO ACT AS SHORT-TERM MILITARY
SERVICE GUARDIAN WITHOUT DIRECTION OF COURT, FOR  THE  DURATION  OF  THE
APPOINTMENT WHICH IN NO CASE SHALL EXCEED A PERIOD OF ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY
DAYS.  THE  AUTHORITY OF THE SHORT-TERM MILITARY SERVICE GUARDIAN MAY BE
LIMITED OR TERMINATED BY A COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION.
  2. UNLESS FURTHER SPECIFICALLY LIMITED BY  THE  INSTRUMENT  APPOINTING
THE  SHORT-TERM MILITARY SERVICE GUARDIAN, A SHORT-TERM MILITARY SERVICE
GUARDIAN SHALL HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO ACT AS A GUARDIAN OF THE PERSON  OF
A MINOR AS PRESCRIBED IN ARTICLE SIX OF THIS CHAPTER, BUT SHALL NOT HAVE
ANY AUTHORITY TO ACT AS GUARDIAN OF THE ESTATE OF A MINOR, EXCEPT THAT A
SHORT-TERM  MILITARY  SERVICE GUARDIAN SHALL HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO APPLY
FOR AND RECEIVE ON BEHALF OF THE MINOR BENEFITS TO WHICH THE  CHILD  MAY
BE  ENTITLED  FROM  OR  UNDER  FEDERAL,  STATE OR LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS OR
PROGRAMS.
  S 2. The military law is amended by adding a new section 255  to  read
as follows:
  S  255. SHORT-TERM MILITARY SERVICE GUARDIAN. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY LAW,
RULE OR REGULATION TO THE CONTRARY, CHILD CUSTODY PROCEEDINGS FILED IN A
COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION IN THIS STATE,  INVOLVING  A  SHORT-TERM
MILITARY  SERVICE  GUARDIAN  SHALL  BE  GOVERNED BY ARTICLE SIX-A OF THE
DOMESTIC RELATIONS LAW.
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
it shall have become a law.

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