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How being in the military may increase divorce risk

According to career website Zippia, first-line enlisted military supervisors have the highest divorce rate by the age of 30. This was determined by analyzing the Census Bureau's Public Use Microdata Sample data. Those in Florida or elsewhere working in this field had a divorce rate of 30 percent by the age of 30. Overall, those working in the military had a 15 percent divorce rate by the age of 30.

There are many reasons why those serving in the military may be susceptible to divorce. In some cases, it may be because of time spent away from home, time spent working in dangerous conditions and a lack of pay. According to the journal Population Economics, divorce rates increase when spouses spent each month away from each other. In addition to time spent apart, the mental toll of being in the military can cause issues within a marriage.

Of those who served in Iraq or Afghanistan, 20 percent reported having PTSD or other symptoms of depression. However, divorces are not unique to those who serve in the military, and there were 16.9 divorces per every 1,000 married women in 2016. Older Americans are experiencing higher rates of divorce as they live longer and because of changes in attitudes toward marriage.

Those who are away from home or who are going through a divorce may need to talk to someone about potential family law issues. An attorney may be able to help a parent maximize his or her parental rights as that may be in the best interest of the child. In some cases, an attorney may have experience with the potentially unique rules related to military divorces or generally understand how the law may handle the circumstances of a parent who is in the military.

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