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For Arkansas veterans, marital problems may take their toll

For many people in Little Rock, the assumption is that once a veteran has returned home after a deployment, that there are very few concerns left. He or she has made it out of danger, so all that a veteran must do is pick up where he or she left off, right? Unfortunately, it is not quite that simple and there are many veterans who are seeing problems at home. Sadly, sometimes the toll of combat ends up causing military divorce.

There is nothing to say that individuals in the military are more likely to divorce than civilians, but the number of divorces among active duty enlisted troops has risen from 34,000 a year to nearly 50,000 a year in only 11 years. Unfortunately, there is a correlation among veterans being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and military divorce. Those with the condition are twice as likely to divorce as those without.

What complicates the matter is that military divorce has several additional factors that must be accounted for that civilians don't have to worry about. There are certain aspects of military divorce that someone unfamiliar with the topic may stumble over, making it very important that anyone in the military or whose spouse is in the military that is seeking a divorce work closely with a military divorce lawyer.

With an estimated 286,000 to 520,000 returning veterans believed to be dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, the number of veterans who may also be dealing with marital problems must be quite high. For some, divorce may be the only solution.


Source: The Huffington Post, "Military Marriages, Strained By War, Beginning To Heal," David Wood, July 3, 2013

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