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As a military member, do you face a high and tight divorce rate?

The majority of California residents know that jobs can play a considerable role in people's lives. If you have a particularly stressful job, such as serving in the military, you may feel the impacts more keenly than individuals in other professions may. Unfortunately, many marital relationships have a difficult time withstanding the stress and other aspects of military life, and serious issues could arise.

Though you may have landed your dream job, it may begin to feel like more of a nightmare if you find yourself facing marriage problems. Of course, various other factors could also play a role in whether your relationship may end up facing divorce proceedings. However, you may wish to better understand how your profession may come into play.

Military divorce rates

In a recent study, results indicated that individuals in military-related professions landed at the top of the list when it came to divorce rates. As a result, your military service could have you facing a divorce rate of 30 percent. More specifically, if your job duties relate to leading operations and organizing actions for enlisted military members, your marriage may face more risk than others.

Though that specific type of military job has the highest profession-related divorce rate, other military occupations also came in among the top 10. In fact, no matter what rank you may have as a military member, you face the highest chance of getting divorced by age 30 -- the average age of divorce -- with a 15 percent chance.

Deployment also plays a role in the chances for divorce. The study indicated that the impact can vary depending on the specific branch of the military, but the rates did increase over the months that couples spent apart.

Mental health impacts

Another factor that increases the likelihood of divorce relates to mental health issues. Because handling such issues can prove difficult for anyone, the added stress can test relationships. Unfortunately, not all couples have the ability to withstand that type of strain. Military members face a particular susceptibility of post-traumatic stress and depression, which may also contribute to their high divorce rates.

Navigating divorce

Because military divorce cases differ from civilian cases, you may need specific legal knowledge if your marriage comes to an end. Gathering information on the differences between military and civilian cases, how relocation or deployment could affect your situation and various other aspects may help you determine your best course of action.

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