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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.

This number was similar to the 3.2 percent overall divorce rate among civilians. However, the way that the numbers are compared are different, which is why they are generally calculated separately. The only branch of the military to see an overall increase in divorce rates was the Marines. In 2016, the divorce rate for males jumped from 2.3 percent to 2.8 percent while the rate increased from 6.4 percent to 7.7 percent for the women.

One person who studied military divorce said that this increase may mean that there is some unknown pressure making marriage harder than normal. However, this person also stressed that the data alone cannot be used to judge the effectiveness of support programs offered to married members of the military. A representative from the Army said that strong family relationships were necessary in military life and that they were valued.

The impact of a divorce may be felt by the adults ending their marriage as well as the children that they had together. Working with an attorney, it may be possible for an individual to obtain maximum marital property or maximum parental rights to a child. It may also be possible to do so in a way that is civil and equitable to all involved. This may work to preserve relationships after the divorce occurs.

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