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Military and marriage can be a tough road to travel

Although couples marry with the hope of spending the rest of their lives together the fact remains that maintaining a happy marriage can be difficult. No one in the San Antonio area really plans on his or her marriage ending in divorce. However, there are many pressures and stresses that can have a negative affect on marriage and that can ultimately lead to a couple deciding to split up.

A recent study has determined that longer and more frequent military deployments can have a negative effect on marriage and is often a precursor to divorce. The RAND Corp. study reported that the longer the deployment –12 months versus 18 months, for example, the higher the risk of the divorce. The researchers also concluded that divorce was more likely when deployment was more dangerous, as well as when the deployed military member was a woman.

Researchers also noted that women who serve in the military have a higher divorce rate than men even when combat deployment is not part of the equation. However, when combat deployment is a factor, there is a 50 percent chance of divorce in the first five years of marriage for female service members.

It is clear from this study that long military deployments can negatively affect a marriage. Military divorce is not the same as standard divorce. There are different factors that apply in military divorce, including how the benefits are split up. It is very important for a person who is considering divorce who is in a marriage, which involves a military member to understand all of these important factors. Meeting with an attorney who understands military family law is probably a good place to start.

Source: USA Today, “Study: Long, frequent deployments hurt military marriages,” Gregg Zoroya, Sep. 3, 2013.

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