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Divorce rates have risen for female military service members

by | May 11, 2017 | Firm News, Military Divorce |

Getting married can benefit couples when one person is in the military. Spousal benefits can be quite attractive, and when one spouse is stationed overseas, the military may pay for the other spouse to join. However, divorce rates have increased for female military service members in recent years.

The divorce rate for male troops in 2016 was 2.6 percent, which is relatively unchanged since 2013. Meanwhile, the divorce rate for female service members has increased from 6.2 percent in 2015 up to 6.6 percent in 2016. Overall, the divorce rate was 3.1 percent in 2016, which does not represent a significant change from 2015 the divorce rate of 3.

Female enlisted troops show the biggest discrepancy in divorce rates as compared to their male enlisted counterparts. Female enlisted troops had a divorce rate of 8 percent in 2016 and male enlisted troops had a divorce rate of 2.8 percent.

A military marriage is by no means easy for any service member. Regardless if you’re male or female, unique stresses relating to time away from one another and the constant worry about the service member’s safety can wreak havoc on the sense of stability within a marriage. Sometimes, the stress is too much and the marriage fails.

If you are a military service member or if you’re married to a military service member, and you’re considering divorce, your military divorce will also be unique. As such, you may want to consider speaking with a Florida divorce lawyer who is familiar with the unique legal concerns that relate to a military divorce. Your lawyer can assist you in navigating you and your spouse’s divorce with ease.

Source:, “Female Troop Divorce Up Slightly, Male Rate Largely Unchanged,” Amy Bushatz, April 28, 2017