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Military divorce rates rise after long deployments

The RAND Corporation issued the results of a new study that find the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq affected service member's marital lives. Presumably, the data from the study would be applicable to Tennessee service members. The study reveals that long deployments away from home increase the risk of divorce. The RAND study was commissioned by the U.S. Department of Defense.

The study utilized information from over 400,000 enlisted service persons who married while serving in the military. The marriages occurred between March 1999 and June 2008. The researchers discovered that couples who wed prior to 9/11 were 28 percent more likely to seek a divorce within three years of their weddings if at least one of the spouses were deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan for a term of at least one year.

Couples who did not experience a lengthy deployment experienced a lower divorce rate, according to the results of the study. Ninety-seven percent of the divorces began after a spouse returned from a deployment. Women were more likely to seek a marriage termination than were men in the aftermath of a length deployment.

A Tennessee divorce attorney may assist clients on a number of levels. This includes individuals involved in military divorces. For example, a divorce attorney may provide assistance in working towards a settlement agreement. In the alternative, a divorce lawyer may assist a client in preparing for a court hearing. An attorney may assist in dealing with a wide range of issues that include child custody, parenting time, child support, the division of assets and debt as well as other marriage termination issues.

Source: Huffington Post, "Military Divorce Risk Increases With Lengthy Deployments", September 03, 2013

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