Military life and the strains of divorce
Families in Texas of those that have served understand the strain that a life in the military can put upon a marriage. We hear too many stories of veterans coming back from combat that find themselves unable to adjust to civilian life. It’s often at that point that couples will first notice a strain in their relationship.
Military divorces have increased from 34,000 per year in 2000 to around 50,000 in 2011. This rate is likely to remain at this level for some time to come.
The dissolution of a marriage is likely to be trying under almost any circumstances, but it’s particularly difficult when individuals have other issues to deal with as well.
The wars that have been going on for more than a decade are only now beginning to wind down. Many veterans have come back with a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder and having to deal with any number of physical ailments that were combat related. In addition, many that have experienced combat stress are not always willing to communicate what is going on with them emotionally.
It’s during times of uncertainty that individuals do require advice. Though there are many individuals and organizations that are willing to provide unwanted or unsolicited advice, experienced family law attorneys can provide guidance and allow couples to know what obstacles they will have to overcome while going through the divorce process.
Fortunately, members of the military are being provided with more resources than ever before. This is also more understanding about the financial and emotional problems that couples will face, and more individuals and organizations are willing to step up regarding these concerns.
Source: The Huffington Post, “Military Marriages, Strained By War, Beginning To Heal,” David Wood, July 3, 2013