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Military divorce rate shows little change though marriages down

There is no truly accurate way to compare marriages and divorces in the military to those in civilian life. The overall divorce rate in the United States does not include data from several states, including California. However, just as in civilian life, the total numbers of marriages in the armed forces has declined slightly while the military divorce rate has remained relatively static.

According to the data compiled from Pentagon figures, the divorce rate for 2017 remained at about 3 percent across all branches of service. These statistics are collected and researched by the Defense Manpower Data Center. While that percentage rate has not fluctuated much over the past few years, there have been changes in at least one branch of service, and the divorce rate is higher for female service members.

Even though the divorce rate has not changed overall, the numbers of women Marines who have divorced has continued to reflect a rate that is more than double for men. This may point towards possible problems in the policies towards married women personnel rather than any changes in relationship communications since only one branch of service is reporting significant differences. The current rate for women Marines is around 7.1 percent with a high of close to 10 percent in 2010.

While the benefits that the military offers toward married couples has historically lead to a higher marriage rate, only slightly more than half of service personnel are currently choosing to marry. When a couple arrives at the conclusion that a marriage is no longer viable, there are many decisions that must be made. A military divorce differs in some regards to a civilian dissolution and, therefore, typically requires a thorough knowledge of military procedures in addition to California state laws. Those who are residing here and uncertain how to proceed may benefit from consulting with an attorney who routinely handles both military and civilian divorces.

Source: Military.com, "Troop Divorce Rate Unchanged; Marriage Rate Continues Fall", Amy Bushatz, Accessed on April 14, 2018

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