Change for 2012: New Reports on the Military Divorce Rate
In 2013, Pentagon statistics reported that the military divorce rate decreased in 2012 to 3.5 percent. This is a step in the right direction. Amy Bushatz, a journalist for Marriage, Spouse, & Family News on SpouseBuzz.com wrote about military divorce statistics and possible misperceptions.
If we break the divorce rate down by category we see enlisted female soldiers are set at 9.4%. Bushatz also discusses how one’s tendency when faced with a challenge is to believe everyone has this challenge, but in reality the percentage of 3.5 is not very high.
Nevertheless, the more marriages saved the better. This avoids the USFSPA and other divorce challenges.
We often hear the obvious tips to help save the military marriage:
Obtain counseling, possibly religious counseling
Talk to other spouses and service members committed to marriage
Read books on strengthening your marriage
Try to have a date night once a week or once a month
Take a break – sometimes a separated break; go out with other friends or a reunion weekend with old friends
These are tips that we frequently hear, but what unique things have worked for couples you know?
Block the Road to Divorce
Make an agreement that divorce is not an option. Look at divorce like a blocked road. Force yourself to look for a new path. What can you do to make it work?
In doing so, you will avoid the USFSPA and keep control of your financial life.
Books for a Successful Military Marriage
Instead of focusing on what can go wrong, perhaps we should be giving required briefings on how to have a successful marriage. Isn’t that a better way, that’s another way to avoid the impact of the USFSPA.
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