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Male military divorce rates stay static while female rates drop

It’s no surprise that marital relationships can seriously decline when a spouse is an active-duty military member. Serving our country is often associated with stressful situations, emotions that are difficult to process and being away from those you love—all of which can take a serious toll on a marriage, as some McKinney residents have come to find.

In order to help strengthen military marriages, some of the various branches have created programs that families can turn to for assistance. For example, the Army has the PREP program, and the Marines encourage families to participate in the Marine Corps Family Team Building program. A representative with the Marine and Family Programs Division indicated that a soldier will be most ready for duty when their family situation is complete.

Sources suggest that these programs, coupled with a decline in the number of individuals who are currently facing deployment, may have led to a drop in the rate of female service members filing for divorce. Recently the Pentagon released statistics showing that since 2011 the divorce rate among female military members dropped 0.8 percent, while the male divorce rate remained unchained.

Researchers believe that these numbers may indicate that as time goes on fewer military professionals will have to call up a family law attorney for assistance with their divorce. However, while the numbers have slightly declined, the truth is that a high number of military marriages still remain affected by active-duty service, which means that individuals are still facing family legal issues that go hand in hand with separation and divorce.

Source:, “Female Military Divorce Rates Continue Decline,” Amy Bushatz, Dec. 18, 2013

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