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Members of the military divorce at higher rates

According to a recent analysis of Census Data, members of the military have a higher rate of failed marriages than those in civilian life.

For instance, in a study of which career paths were most likely to involve a divorce along one's way, three of the top 10 spots on the list went to military jobs.

According to the study, enlisted military supervisors, that is, sergeants and other non-commissioned officers who manage other enlisted troops, were most likely to experience a divorce by the time they were 30 years old. This group of military members divorced at a rate of 30%. The two other military professions in the top 10 had a rate in the ballpark of 15%. On the whole, those in the military experienced the highest divorce rate among the industries studied.

According to a media story which reported on these statistics, deployment can have a negative impact on people's marriages. How significant this impact was depended on which branch of the military was involved. Significantly for residents of the Dayton area, the Air Force had a 14.6% divorce rate among members who had been deployed, the highest of any branch of the military.

Even without deployment, however, military life is stressful, and outside stress is hard on marriages. Moreover, the military often enlists people who are already prone to emotional or financial issues, both of which also can contribute to a divorce.

The bottom line is that military families stationed in Ohio, as well as those who may have chosen to live in Ohio after leaving the service, are statistically more prone to having to deal with a family breakup at some point. As this blog has mentioned previously, divorces involving servicemembers can be legally complex affairs, and it can be important to speak to a lawyer with experience in military divorce.

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