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Beware of the stressors that cause military couples to divorce

On Behalf of | Dec 12, 2019 | Military Divorce |

There are a variety of reasons that cause marriages to fail. One such factor is job stress. Active members of the armed forces often spend significant time away from their spouses while deployed or away at training. Soldiers are constantly under pressure to remain fit and on top of everything in their field. The amount of stress that our soldiers are under leads many to question what impact this has on military divorce.

Divorce is a civil matter. The military doesn’t invest a lot of resources into tracking who’s getting divorced. Most jurisdictions don’t track the profession of those who file to end their marriage. This is why it’s hard to get an accurate number of service members who divorce.

Researchers at the University of Florida (UFL) have determined that divorce rates aren’t any higher for military couples than civilian ones though. Those same researchers determined that divorce rates do vary depending on the age of the spouses, the branch of the military and rank though.

UFL researchers also found where couples are twice as apt to get divorced if the female spouse is the active service member instead of the male. They also determined that the longer the deployment, the more likely a couple is to get divorced. This is particularly the case if a military spouse has extensively used weapons or has been involved in active combat.

Many husbands and wives who stay behind when their military spouses deploy often feel isolated or resentful and fear being cheated on. Even if the couple can weather being apart, it doesn’t mean that everything is calm once they’re reunited.

Military spouses often have difficulty dealing with a service member’s service-related mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If a soldier is injured, then their spouse may find it difficult to adjust to having to care for their injured husband or wife.

There are a lot of stressors that make it hard for military couples to have successful marriages. If you and your spouse are considering filing for a dissolution of your marriage here in Ohio, then you’ll want to let a military divorce attorney guide you through the process of doing so.

Divorce for military families involves unique issues. A Hamilton lawyer who has experience in working with service members can help you sort out matters in the most beneficial way for you and your family.


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