New numbers show increased divorce rate for military

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Divorce on Thursday, December 15, 2011

According to newly released numbers by the United States Department of Defense, the divorce rate of military members in 2011 has risen to 3.7%, a sizeable increase since the 2001 numbers put military divorce at 2.6%. This rise is part of a disturbing trend that researchers have expected to continue, especially with troop withdrawals increasing in the near future.

While Kim Kardashian might be the first thing you think of when you hear “divorce,” members of our military are struggling with the complicated notion of returning to their families after long periods away from home. Multiple deployments overseas inevitably affect a person, may it be a small change or a big one. Once reunited with their families, the dynamics of the group can be forever altered by this time apart. This can result in a divorce between the married members of the family.

A spokesman for the Army Chief of Chaplains office echoed this sentiment. “Any change in the relationship pattern of the family needs a resulting adjustment,” the spokesman said.

Though the military divorce rate only increased by 0.1% in the last year, it has now reached the highest level since 1999. “There is very little drastic change between 2010 and 2011 – but there does seem to be a continuation of trends,” an expert on military divorce said.

With divorce rates on the rise across the nation, the increase of military divorce rates is not particularly surprising. Still, the dissolution of marriage brings complicated emotional and financial issues to the table for the splitting parties. Distribution of estates, property, and child custody are all matters that must be addressed when filing for divorce. Such serious issues require an adequate legal representative to guide you through the difficult process of divorce.

Source: Military News, “Military Divorce Rates Continue Steady Climb,” Amy Bushatz, Dec. 14, 2011

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