Navy makes efforts to prevent military divorce

For hundreds of thousands of military couples, extended and multiple deployments can take a toll. Military members, their families, and marriages suffer when one spouse is away. Divorce rates are the highest they have been since 1999, with nearly 30,000 military marriages ending last year. Now the Navy is making efforts to help couples adjust to life after deployment, and hopefully, take preventative measures to prevent divorce.

Deployment is stressful for any family and many couples have also had to deal with multiple deployments, personal changes, and even combat injury or disability. These significant life changes can impact a marriage and force couples into divorce. When a spouse returns home from deployment, adjusting to a new household can be stressful for the entire family.

When couples have lived apart for months or years, returning home can create additional issues. Family reunions can be highly emotional, but for many couples there is substantial anxiety associated with moving home after deployment. Many couples have reported feeling estranged and uncomfortable after a long deployment. Spouses left behind may feel overburdened. Military members often feel misunderstood or alone in their own homes. For those who suffer from PTSD or physical ailments, home conditions can be even more complicated.

Now, the US Navy is taking steps to address the challenge of military divorce during deployment as well as when service members return home, offering dozens of workshops to help couples cope with the stress of a military reunion and to prevent divorce. These workshops are part of the Navy's effort to address the psychological health of service members and to improve the quality of relationships.

Military couples facing divorce should consider their options and also seek legal counsel in the event of divorce. If you are facing relationship struggles after a long-deployment or are considering divorce, an experienced attorney can help you protect your rights.

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