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In the United States, roughly 50 percent of all first marriages end in divorce. While infidelity and financial problems are two of the main factors behind divorce, there are many other reasons why people untie the knot, such as “growing up and apart,” realizing they have nothing in common, differences in child-raising, and emotional and physical abuse.

Military couples divorce just like everyone else, but they’re notorious for having a higher rate of divorces, and for anyone on active duty, they can probably guess a few reasons why. Military couples have unique challenges that civilian couples don’t usually deal with, such as deployment for one. Long periods apart creates not only a physical distance but an emotional distance which can be a breeding ground for infidelity for the military and non-military spouse.

Coping with the Stress of Military Marriage

Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why people struggle to keep their military marriages strong during enlistment:

  • Struggles related to a spouse having PTSD caused by combat experience
  • Caregiving challenges when the military spouse is injured
  • Adjustment challenges after the servicemember is injured
  • Adultery due to long periods of separation
  • Experiencing ups and downs linked to the deployment
  • Feeling emotionally disconnected due to deployment
  • Feelings of isolation on the part of the non-military spouse left home
  • Feelings of resentment on the part of the non-military spouse left home

Of course, not all military marriages are doomed for failure. Plenty of them remain strong and are never threatened by divorce. If you are in a military marriage, however, and you’re headed toward divorce, yours will be unique from civilian divorces. You’ll want to pause and think, “What’s more important to me? Is it the children, the pension, or is it spousal support?”

These are the three things our clients always want to know about. After all, money and kids are big issues. How will your property and the military pension be divided and will one of you have to pay child and spousal support and if so, how much will it be?”

If a military divorce for just $299 sounds good to you, contact Cairns Law Offices today!

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