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Statistics of military divorce are higher with long deployments

Since Virginia is an area rife with military personnel and retired military, there are often legal issues, such as military divorce, that are concerns. Given the difficult, dangerous and transient lives military personnel often live, it can be hard to keep a marriage together. It should therefore come as no surprise that research from 2013 has shown that the length of time enlisted military members spend deployed directly affects whether they keep their marriage together or move forward with a military divorce. It's imperative to bear in mind that legal issues that can arise with any divorce.

Although the U.S. is slowly trying to recede from direct intervention in worldwide conflicts, that doesn't alter the fact that the extended deployments in the Middle East have increased the number of divorces that have occurred. The study shows that female members of the military who are deployed have a higher rate of divorce than men in the parameters of the study. The numbers for military divorce are increased with any form of deployment, but they have been worsened by the military deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Couples that were married prior to the attacks on September 11, 2001, and had a deployment of one year in a war zone had a 28 percent higher frequency of divorce within the first three years of the marriage as opposed to others who were deployed before the wars started. However, there was a lower number of divorces for people who were married after September 11, 2001, as compared to those who were married before the attacks. This is indicative of the assumption that those who married after the attacks were more prepared to deal with a military life than those who married before the attacks occurred.

The study examined more than 462,000 couples with at least one enlisted member who had married and between March of 1999 and June of 2008. 97 percent of the divorces commenced after the spouse returned from deployment. When there is a divorce and the couple has a spouse or both spouses who are in the military or veterans of the military, there are issues that can arise that wouldn't in a conventional civilian divorce. One such issue involves military benefits. Before moving forward with a military divorce, the first call that a service member or a spouse should make is to a legal professional who experienced in military divorce matters.

Source: Rand Corporation, "Lengthy Military Deployments Increase Divorce Risk for U.S. Enlisted Service Members," Sept. 3, 2013

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