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Military service and divorce

The end of a marriage is hard for anyone living in Tennessee, whether civilian or military. When a person is a member of the military, however, it may seem more likely that a divorce will happen. There are several reasons why the culture of the military itself may make this so.

One of the issues with the military and divorce rates is that military service members tend to marry at much younger ages than do members of the civilian population. A more traditional view of marriage is prevalent in the armed forces, which may contribute to this. Some military service members also get married because they want to take advantage of additional benefits provided by the military to married members, including housing allowances and other added types of pay.

Military rules seemingly punish service members who are seeking to end their marriage. Although the rule is not often enforced, adultery is grounds for a court martial. At the same time, many people in the military live in states in which they must spend lengthy periods of time separated from their spouses before their divorces will be granted. This means that if they follow the military's rule, they must be celibate during their separation.

When service members file for divorces, there are also additional rules regarding spousal support, child support and benefits payments they may be required to pay to their spouses. People serving in the military who are contemplating divorce may thus want to seek the advice of family law attorneys who are familiar with the particular rules for military divorce cases in order to help ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible.

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