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Does deployment adversely affect military divorce rates?

If you or your spouse are in the military, then you're probably well aware of just how much of a toll your career can take on your family life. This is especially the case if you're a service member who has been frequently deployed for extended periods of time.

States like Colorado don't keep the most thorough records tracking the careers of couples who divorce in the state, although some military offices also keep these statistics.

Some of the data shows that the longer a deployment is, the more apt that a couple is to get divorced. Many civilian spouses start to feel isolated while their military spouse is away and may engage in infidelity to feel close with someone else. Others simply can't handle the constant interruptions that deployments cause.

Deployments that involve the military spouse using weapons or participating in close combat are likely to affect the risk of divorce as well.

The number of Colorado military couples that have gotten divorced after serving time in Afghanistan or Iraq is particularly high. Many service members return home with anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well as physical injuries. Their civilian spouses may start resenting them because they are not the same people that the spouses first met and married after they have served their country.

The gender of the military spouse also impacts divorce rates. If the wife is the service member and the husband is the civilian, the couples are twice as likely to get divorced than when the reverse is true.

Whether you're a member of a military family or not, divorce has a way of causing spouses to get concerned about their future financial stability and how they can effectively co-parent their children with their ex. A dedicated and diligent military divorce attorney can help you overcome the obstacles so that you're facing so that you can move forward in living on your own terms.

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