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Military service may lead to divorce, according to a new study

Many married couples in Ohio will testify that marriage is hard work. Others can attest to the fact that even when two people strive to stay together, some marriages are unsalvageable. No matter the circumstances, time is important in any relationship. When a couple is not able to spend quality time together, they may find that their relationship suffers. This may be why so many military marriages end in divorce.

A recent study concluded that the terror attack on September 11, 2001 had an impact on the success or failure of military marriages. The study, which was conducted by RAND Corp., found that one in seven military marriages that happened before 9/11 ended in divorce. In comparison, only one in eight military marriages that occurred after 9/11 failed.

One of the co-authors of the study explained that discrepancy in these statistics can be attributed to expectations. Troops who were wed after 9/11 went into the marriage expecting long and risky deployments. Service members who were married before 9/11, however, did not expect the significant increase in deployments.

This study followed the marital status of 460,000 military members between 1999 and 2008. It found that one of the major risk factors that affects the success rate of military marriages is the length of deployment; the longer someone is deployed, the more likely they are to get divorce. Deployments that were more dangerous also carried a higher risk of divorce.

Divorce is an especially difficult time of life, whether you are in the military or not. If you are contemplating a divorce and have questions regarding asset division or another issue, an attorney may be of assistance.

Source: USA Today, “Study: Long, frequent deployments hurt military marriages,” Gregg Zoroya, Sep. 3, 2013 

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