SECTION 1. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, except as in accordance with the provisions of Section 2 of this act, if a party has been granted custody of a minor child, the court shall not modify the order granting custody of the child so long as the party meets all of the following criteria
He or she is a member of the Massachusetts National Guard
He or she is a resident of Massachusetts
He or she has been called to active duty
SECTION 2. A court may modify an order granting custody of a minor child to a party who has met the criteria set forth in Section 1 if the court determines that modifying the order is in the best interest of the child and either of the following applies:
The party has died while on active duty with the armed forces of the United States.
The party is no longer able to provide adequate care for the child consistent with the court’s determination of the best interest of the child.
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