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Military service members have highest rates of divorce

Although few Kentucky couples get married with the assumption that it will eventually end in divorce, not all marriages last. In fact, money problems, mental illness and stress from work can wear down a marriage to the point where a divorce becomes necessary. However, an analysis of U.S. census data showed that people who work in some career paths are more likely to get divorced by the age of 30 than those who work in others.

The analysis found that military service members have the highest rates of divorce out of any career, with the average divorce rate being 15 percent by the age of 30. First-line enlisted military supervisors had a divorce rate of 30 percent. Further, the analysis of the data also showed that military deployments played a major role in the failure of a marriage. The divorce rates reportedly increased each month spouses were away on deployment.

Military service members also are at risk for suffering mental health issues. In fact, about 20 percent of veterans reportedly experience post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental illnesses. Career stress and marrying very young can also have a major impact on whether or not a marriage will last.

Going through a military divorce can be difficult for many, especially for those who were married very young and were then required to move to a new location for a spouse's job. While litigation is one method, there are other ways military couples can end their marriage. They might want to try mediation or ask their respective family law attorneys for assistance in negotiating a settlement agreement.

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