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Military versus civilian divorce rates

Some Alaskan military couples may end up divorcing. Others may wonder whether the rates for divorce among military service member are higher or lower than those of the civilian population.

Researchers from UCLA and the Rand Corporation analyzed divorce rate data from the period of 1995 to 2002 to determine how the divorce rates for military couples compared to civilians. They divided the research into three phases in order to improve the accuracy of their results. In the first phase, they identified couples both within the military and outside of it that had similar characteristics. Then, the second phase involved the researchers looking at the divorce rates of military members while they were still serving. Finally, the researchers looked at the divorce rates for service members after they had left the military.

The researchers found that the rate of military members divorcing while they were serving was lower than that of their civilian counterparts. However, a much higher percentage divorced after they left the service when compared to the civilian population. The researchers attribute part of this to the fact that the military provides additional benefits to service members that might encourage them to get married when they otherwise would not have done so. They are then less likely to divorce while serving so they don't lose the additional benefits, but once they leave, they then end their marriages.

A military divorce may involve different rules about child custody and pensions than other types of divorce cases. People who need to get military divorces may want to get help from a family law attorney who has the knowledge of the particular federal laws that apply to the process.

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