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Increase in military divorces for those deployed

Married couples in Tennessee understand that some marriages fail because one spouse is not around often due to their occupations. For military couples, this might be due to the spouse being deployed for an extended period of time. This time apart could be the reason for the marriage falling apart. A military divorce can be more complex because it involves federal and military laws. This could make the process more complicated and could even extend the time it takes to reach a divorce agreement.

A recent report indicates that there is a growing trend in military divorces. Specifically, military personnel that are married and are on active deployment are more likely to go through a divorce. The impact of wars on service members' marriages is increasing, and it affects those on long deployments the greatest.

The report also indicates that those married prior to Sep. 11, 2001 were 28 percent more likely to go through a divorce within the first three years of marriage. This fact is true if one or both spouses were deployed to either Afghanistan or Iraq for at least one year. In contrast, military couples that married after Sep. 11, 2001 experienced a lower risk for divorce. The reasoning is that these couples are better prepared to deal with the difficulties and complications caused by war.

Regardless of when the marriage took place, how long it lasted or if they experienced deployment, a military divorce can be very complex. Military couples that seek to dissolve their marriage may need to postpone the dissolution until the spouse is back from deployment. In addition, issues involving military benefits and child support could prolong the process as well.

Reaching a divorce agreement is not always complicated or a lengthy process even in cases of a military divorce. Any spouse struggling with the divorce process should seek out assistance. This can ensure that they understand their rights and pay attention to the details involved in the process.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Military Divorce Risk Increases With Lengthy Deployments," Sep. 03, 2013

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