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What are Military Divorce Rates?

Military members often face tremendous stress involved with their jobs or careers, which makes a stable marriage an important support for job performance. Yet, as in other industries, military members also get divorces. A Norfolk military divorce attorney can help you handle all aspects of a military divorce.

According to Military.com, military divorce rates declined slightly in 2012. The 2012 military divorce rate was 3.5 percent, according to Pentagon statistics. Overall, military divorce rates increased from 2.6 in 2001 to 3.7 in 2011. The highest divorce rates in 2012 were among enlisted female soldiers at 9.4 percent and Marines at 9.3 percent. Army female enlisted divorce rates are more than triple the enlisted male divorce rates, but those rates also declined from 2011 rates of 9.6 in the Army and 9.8 percent in the Marine Corps. Long separations are some of the challenges that couples face that can eventually lead to divorce.

In 2012, deployment slowed down and the economy started to recover, which may have had a positive effect on keeping marriages together.  Through programs such as the Army's Strong Bonds retreats and private counseling, military members can receive help to strengthen their marriages. These programs are voluntary. In general, except for benefits and entitlements that ex-spouses receive, the military service branches would not realize that service members went through divorce.

The best way to protect your rights and handle a military divorce is to work with an experienced military divorce attorney in Norfolk.  

Darrell M. Harding has years of experience and is strongly committed to helping clients move as smoothly through the divorce process as possible or if necessary, providing powerful advocacy in court.

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