Survival of your family unit in a SHTF situation is a top priority. Packing up the family and getting them to safety is a common topic of discussion. Even if you are prepared, the logistics and actual evacuation can be a tricky operation, full of stress, concern and potential danger.
Now let’s throw in a huge variable – divorce. Consider a situation where you have custody of your children on the weekends, the ex wife and boyfriend have them throughout week. The boyfriend is the exact opposite of you, he is completely unprepared for the future and strongly believes the government will provide protection and security.
Over the course of the past few months, the situation in the your area has deteriorated to the point of widespread civil unrest. It’s obvious that the time has come to evacuate, to move the family to a safe location. Of course your wife is ready and willing, but when you call the ex wife to start planning, the conversation goes south real quick.
Her boyfriend has convinced her to stay in place, that there is no danger, that everything will blow over. He has also convinced her not to let you take the children to safety.
Now you have a real problem to solve and I don’t know about you, but I would NEVER leave my children behind in any situation, custody laws be damned. Thankfully, I’m still married and hope to keep it that way in the future. That is of course as long as my wife continues to tolerate my addiction to guns and ammo. So far so good.
But in all seriousness, it’s enough work to get yourself prepared for a collapse or natural disaster situation. Then factor in the family and all the work needed to get them on point. Finally add in the variable of split family unit and people who are not survival minded. When you are planning for survival, one must factor in all the variables. Considering the fact that many marriages end in divorce (http://www.apa.org/topics/divorce), odds are good that you or someone you know deals with a joint custody situation.
One can choose to deal with the situation with brute force or with a softer long term approach. How you work this out really depends on your ex and the new person in the situation. If you are on decent terms with the ex, then maybe turning her to your side is a better approach. Either way, the end game is the same, convince them that letting you keep the kids in the event of a disaster is the best approach for everyone involved.
Now of course it’s never possible to cover ALL the variables. German military strategist Helmuth von Moltk summed it best when he sagely noted that “No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.”
When your plan meets the real world, reality wins. Nothing goes as planned. Mistakes happen and the best intentions go to waste. Identify the problem areas of your survival strategy and work to resolve them BEFORE the proverbial shit hits the fan.