It is reasonable to think that married military couples in California may have higher divorce rates than their civilian counterparts. After all, military marriages must endure stressful situations, such as long separations. However, the issue of whether military couples are more likely to divorce is not as cut-and-dry as it may seem.

According to the University of Florida IFAS Extension, it is difficult to compare military and civilian marriage divorce rates. One reason for this is that the research criteria vary greatly depending on who is conducting the research. Another issue is that there is not much tracking data available to compare the two groups. Finally, it is an apples to oranges type of comparison. Both groups face challenges. However, as a military couple, you have certain advantages over civilians.

One benefit is that you have reliable employment. A steady paycheck helps financial strain, especially when you factor in the military benefits. On the other hand, civilian couples are more likely to experience employment and/or financial instability because they do not have the same type of safety-net as enlisted men and women. Despite this, military couples do face other challenges that often lead to divorce.

In general, military divorce rates statistics paint a positive picture. However, when you drill down into specific subgroups, you see a trend toward higher divorce rates. These groups include couples who have a deployed spouse, couples where the wife is in the military and couples who have a spouse who experienced direct combat. Other factors contributing to military divorces include infidelity, PTSD and an at-home spouse who feels isolated.

This information is only intended to educate and it is not offered as legal advice.