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Military divorce rate still declining

For the sixth year in a row, the military divorce rate has continued to trend downward. The divorce rate is the lowest in 10 years, according to Department of Divorce numbers.

In 2015, both officers' and enlisted troops' divorce rates were 3 percent. That is a decrease of .10 percent from 2014's numbers. It is still higher than it was, though, before the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The RAND Corporation is one organization that studies military divorce. One researcher there believes that these trends may continue because our nation's military and their families are living with less stress than in the past. He said, "What's notable is that the military is emerging from a period relatively more stressful on families, and seems to have entered into period that is relatively less stressful on families. We don't want to attribute that to, but we do know that there has been less deployment."

The divorce rate fell among almost all troops, men and women, and officers and enlisted. The only group that showed a small rise was female Marines.

The current civilian divorce rate is 3.2 percent, but that can't really be compared to the military divorce rate. The civilian divorce rate is determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by studying divorce rates for 45 states and Washington, D.C. The other states don't report their divorces.

If you are considering a military divorce, it is imperative that you understand what you are entitled to under military law and civilian laws. An experienced attorney can help you with your divorce and work to see that receive what you deserve.

Source:, "Military Divorce Rate Continues Slow But Steady Decline," Amy Bushatz, accessed Sep. 02, 2016

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