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Military divorce rates slowly dropping

| May 28, 2019 | Military Divorce

Those who choose to serve our country typically do so at great sacrifice to themselves. One of those sacrifices that Texas service members often make is in regard to their marriage. The uncertainty of a career in the military is often too much for many couples, and military divorce is not uncommon. However, recent research shows that the rate of divorce among troops is declining at a slow pace.

The most recent study compared the divorce rates among service members in the last two years. Three percent of married military members got a divorce in 2018. Researchers discovered that the rate of divorce dropped 0.1% from 2017 to 2018. One expert says that this is in line with trends from the last 10 years, which show a steady decline.

Researchers also say it’s important to look at divorce rates within subgroups in the military, such as different genders and age ranges. The largest subgroup is enlisted male soldiers. Their rate of divorce was 3.3% in 2009 but now stands at 2.7% in 2018. Experts say that this shows an overall downward trend in military divorce rates. Unfortunately, female service members are more likely to experience a divorce, with their divorce rate standing at 6.3% in 2018.

No matter the reason a service member gets a divorce, there are special considerations to address. Determining the allocation of military benefits, child custody agreements and asset division are just some of the important subjects that an experienced family law attorney will be sure to include in a divorce decree. Those here in Texas considering getting a military divorce can turn to these professionals for guidance and legal support.