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Does military deployment affect divorce rates?

Being a member of the military can be rewarding, but it can also be stressful on relationships. Florida couples who have one or both spouses on active duty may find it difficult to maintain open lines of communication, especially during times of deployment. It would seem that married military couples may head to divorce court more often than their civilian counterparts, but statistics show that's not necessarily true and may even be less likely to occur.

There are a number of reasons this may be true. For one thing, the military encourages marriage and service members have a steady income, benefits and additional support for their families. There are sections of the military, however, that these things don't seem to apply so readily. The divorce rate rises when the military spouse is a woman.

Marital difficulties present themselves because of deployment could include post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression, unfaithfulness because of months spent apart, or injuries to the military member and the stress it causes to the care-giving spouse. There are ways to combat the issues, with the focus on keeping communication open and honest and seeking help when the going gets really tough. Military partners who make it a priority to connect with each other no matter where one is in the world make for a stronger marriage.

Data also shows that a longer deployment definitely has a bearing on the divorce rates of military couples. When it gets to the point where all avenues to keep a marriage together have been exhausted, it may be time to seek the counsel of a Florida divorce attorney. Divorces involving a military spouse may be more complicated than those of civilian couples. An attorney experienced in military divorce will be able to offer advice on such things as military retirement plan divisions, military benefit divisions and child and spousal support issues, among other important family law issues.

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