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Military divorces are declining over time

If you're in the military and considering getting a divorce, you are not alone. Many people in the military find themselves in this position, and you have the right to speak with an attorney familiar with the specifics of a military divorce case.

Some good news about military divorces is that they are on the decline. The year 2015 marked the sixth year of the decline in the total number of military divorces, according to the Department of Defense. Military families may simply be facing less stress than in the past, a researcher with the RAND Corp., has stated, which reduces the likelihood of couples growing apart or struggling to deal with long-term stress from deployment. This researcher has been studying military divorce and has found that this time, 2017, seems to be less stressful on families, although there are no direct reasons indicated. One possibility is that there has been a drop in deployments overall, although this is not the only possible cause.

The largest decrease in divorces was among female sailors. In 2014, 7.5 percent of the group got divorced. In 2015, 6.5 percent divorced. This is a continued trend, which may indicate that policies working to better family life and end sexual assault are doing their jobs. Some of these policies may allow for more home visits and for stricter regulations that keep female sailors safe from harassment on the job.

Civilian divorce rates are around 3.2 percent as of 2014. Military and civilian divorces are tracked differently, making it difficult to measure and compare the differences.

Source:, "Military Divorce Rate Continues Slow But Steady Decline," accessed Feb. 06, 2017

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