Deployment length linked to divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Military Divorce on Friday, May 1, 2020.

If you’re in the military and you are sent overseas on a long deployment, you should know that it can impact your marriage. It may make it far harder for you and your spouse to stay together.

One study carried out by the RAND Corporation showed that those with longer deployments had greater divorce risks. Those on shorter deployments also faced divorce risks, but they were not as great. In short, the time that the couple spent apart played a direct role in the odds that their marriage would continue.

There are other issues that military members have to think about, of course. When someone comes back from the deployment, are they injured? Do they have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? How hard is it for them to adjust to their nonmiliary life? All of these things play a role.

That said, it’s easy to see that time apart could be an issue with any career. A person who works as a chief executive officer (CEO) and has to travel the world constantly may not face combat or these types of risks, but they still do not get to see their spouse and/or children very often. That can cause any relationship to drift apart over time. Couples need time together, or they may find themselves feeling unfulfilled and unhappy in the relationships that they have — whether they’re in the military or not.

Have you found yourself in this position? Are you thinking of divorce? If so, make sure you are well aware of all the legal options you have and how you can start planning for your future.

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