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Analyzing military divorce rate data

Tennessee residents who are in the military often see their marriages come to an end. In 2016, 2.6 percent of male troops got a divorce, which was the same as it was in 2013. The divorce rate for female troops was 6.6 in 2016, which was an increase of .4 percentage points since 2015. This was according to data from the Defense Manpower Data Center, and the overall divorce rate was 3.1 percent in 2016.

Changes to regulations for military divorces

When two people decide to dissolve their marriage, they must comply with state regulations. However, as Tennessee military members are probably aware, additional legalities exist when military earnings and pensions are involved. People who are in the military should stay informed about any regulation changes to avoid making potentially costly errors. One recent statutory change impacts the presentation format when applying for the division of military pay that's submitted to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service related to the Uniformed Services Former Spouses' Protection Act.

How to choose where to file for a military divorce

Civilians living in Tennessee would generally file for divorce in that state. However, for an individual in the military, it may not be as easy to determine where to file for divorce. This is because that person and his or her spouse may have gotten married in a state where they don't currently live. Furthermore, they may not have lived in their current home state long enough to file there.

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.

Military divorce rates higher after exiting service

Many Tennessee military members are also married. There is a perception that military couples are more likely to divorce than couples who are civilians. In order to test this theory, researchers from the Rand Corporation and the UCLA Department of Psychology looked at divorce data for both military families as well as civilians.

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