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Deployment is one factor that may jeopardize military marriages

Florida families in which at least one spouse serves in the military know the challenges such a life presents. The stress and uncertainty of deployment combined with the difficulty many have when returning to civilian life are only two factors that can work against a couple trying to keep a marriage alive. While such couples may feel they are alone in their struggle, a recent study shows there are many fighting along with them.

In fact, enlisted military supervisors have the highest divorce rate among all other professions. Those who coordinate and lead military operations have a 30 percent divorce rate before the age of 30. Following closely behind are those serving in tactical operations in the military and all others who serve in the armed forces. The study reveals that three of the top 10 occupations associated with marriages at risk are military careers.

The study does not conclude that these careers cause the breakup of marriages. However, it does suggest that the strain of certain jobs, the toll on one's mental health and the time couples spend apart may play important roles in the demise of a marriage. Many other factors may contribute to this.

Deployment seemed to contribute to the high numbers of divorces among military families. Those who deploy decide to divorce an average of 11 times more often. Military life is hard during marriage, but it may be more difficult when a marriage ends. Anyone in Florida who is facing a military divorce would be wise to speak with an attorney who has knowledge and experience in the complexities of the issues that often arise in these circumstances.

Source: marketwatch.com, "Americans in this field have the highest rate of divorce by age 30", Kari Paul, Accessed on Oct. 28, 2017

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