There is no shortage of challenges facing military families, between the stress of moving around so often, the fears associated with deployments, and the pain of physical injuries and mental illness.
Not surprisingly, this lifestyle can put incredible strain on marriages. And according to a recent study, people who hold military jobs have the highest rate of divorce.
The study comes from an analysis of U.S. Census data and it found that first-line enlisted military supervisors have the highest divorce rate by age 30 when compared to other occupations. Reportedly, 30 percent of people in this field are divorced before they turn 30.
That wasn't the only military-related occupation that has a high rate of divorce. In fact, three of the top 10 occupations with high divorce rates were related to military service. Overall, about 15 percent of military workers in all ranks are divorced by the age of 30.
If you are in the military or married to someone in the military, these numbers can be difficult to swallow. However, rather than discourage you, they might be of some help.
First, they should serve as a reminder that if you are going through a divorce, you are certainly not alone. While no one is going through your exact situation, there are people who can sympathize and understand the challenges you are facing.
Secondly, these numbers can be a reality check and give you the push you need to really plan for the future. This might involve creating a prenuptial agreement, discussing property ownership and retirement plans with a financial professional, and addressing marital problems with counseling before they get out of control.
However, marriages can and do fail, especially when spouses are battling the fears of a dangerous profession, extended absences and financial troubles. If you find yourself in this situation, remember that you do not have to go through this alone. You can work with an attorney familiar with the unique challenges of military divorce and family law matters to secure a fair resolution and protect your future.