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How military couples make it work

It can be difficult to keep a regular marriage together, but the stress of having a husband or wife in the military can make a marriage that much harder. Military families face separate challenges, and unfortunately a number of military marriages end in divorce. Military couples that are divorcing need different services than civilians. There are many unique issues germane to service members and military families that should be accounted for during the duration of the divorce. Including, family care plans, benefits, mobility schedules and more.

In an online survey of military couples who had been married for more than 15 years, more than 1,200 service members from all five branches of the military and their spouses were asked a series of questions about military couples who had been married a long time.

The survey showed that many couples married very young and moved very often. This same survey also showed that military marriages were successful due in part to the fact that the military members saw their employment as more of a career rather than simply a job. In addition, spouses in successful military marriages kept a strong home structure for their enlisted spouse.

This survey queried couples from all over the country, so military men and women currently residing in Texas may relate. Military marriages have unique challenges, and divorce is no different. There are more regulations and benefits for members of the military and these facts must be accounted for during a divorce. It's important to know your rights when it comes to your military divorce. Making informed decisions regarding your future can improve its outlook.

Source:, “How Long-Married Military Couples Stay Together,” Jan. 27, 2014

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