BEING RETRAINED. IT’S A STORY THAT’S OUTRAGED MANY A SAILOR SERVING OVERSEAS, MAY LOSE CUSTODY OF HIS DAUGHTER, BECAUSE HE CAN’T MAKE IT TO A MICHIGAN COURTROOM. MATTHEW HINDES IS ON A SUBMARINE, BUT HAS TO BE IN COURT TOMORROW, OVER A CUSTODY BATTLE WITH HIS EXWIFE. HINDES HAS CUSTODY OF THEIR DAUGHTER, SINCE MICHIGAN OFFICIALS TOOK HER FROM THE MOTHER’S HOME. THE GIRL IS NOW WITH HINDES’S NEW WIFE. BUT THE JUDGE SAYS, IF THE GIRL ISN’T WITH HER DAD, SHE SHOULD BE WITH HER MOM. THE JUDGE WANTS.
TO SEE HINDES IN PERSON HE WON’T LET HIM APPEAR BY VIDEOCONFERENCE. IF HE’S NOT THERE, HE COULD LOSE HIS DAUGHTER. SO COULD THIS HAPPEN TO SERVICE MEMBERS HERE IN NEW MEXICO THEY SAY IT CANAND IT HAS. KOAT ACTION 7 NEWS REPORTER MEGAN CRUZ TELLS US, THEY SAY A NEW LAW DOESN’T GO FAR ENOUGH TO PROTECT TROOPS WHEN THEY’RE DEPLOYED. IT’S A STORY YOU’LL ONLY SEE ON 7. So you get out at 1230 so we can pick you up last AMANDA PAGAN IS PLANNING HER UPCOMING FAMILY VACATION WITH.
HER TWO KIDS ALEXANDER AND GABBY. THIS SINGLE MOM IS AS REGIMENTED AS THEY COME. WHEN’S SHE’S NOT AT HOME, SHE’S SERVING OUR COUNTRY WITH THE NATIONAL GUARD. ONE OF HER LAST MISSIONS. WAS TO HELP CRAFT THE SERVICE MEMBER CHILD CUSTODY ACT, WHICH WAS SIGNED INTO LAW BACK IN APRIL. They have some protections. PAGAN SAYS PARENTS WHO ARE DEPLOYED CAN NOW DESIGNATE PARENTAL RIGHTS TO ANOTHER PERSON FOR EXAMPLE, A GRANDPARENT. HOWEVER, WHEN IT COMES TO WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH NAVY SUBMARINER MATHHEW HINDES. That could still happen in new mexico.
NOWHERE IN THIS LAW DOES IT SAY YOU CAN VIDEOCONFERENCE INTO A COURT HEARING. IF YOU ARE DEPLOYED ABROAD. That was taken out of the law that was just passed. PAGAN SAYS MANY SERVICE MEMBERS HERE IN NEW MEXICO HAVE COMPLAINED ABOUT BEING IN THIS EXACT SAME PREDICAMENT. The sound in their voice is just awful, just absolutely awful. LUCKILY. There’s a lot of judges here in NM that would allow that anyway. BUT PAGAN WANTS IT IN WRITING. SO THERE’S NO CHANCING IT. When your life is dictated by the.