A recent study has led experts at the Rand Corporation to believe that the prevalence of separations in military families is steadily declining. The company launched the study of military divorce trends this year, and has found that by and large, soldiers have stayed together more regularly. Illinois servicemen and women may still benefit by maintaining a full and comprehensive understanding of the divorce process as it pertains to military benefits and other special circumstances, however.

The study covered the 2013 fiscal year, which ended in September, and noted that overall, rates of military divorce had dropped by 0.1 percent, from 3.5 last year to 3.4 this year. Most of this was attributed to the fact that female soldiers experienced a considerable drop in the number of informed filings that occurred, from 8 percent last year down to 7.2 percent this year. The branch of the military with the highest rate of divorce was the Air Force, with a 4.3 percent divorce rate.

Experts attached to the Rand Corporation’s study have noted that a possible reason for the decline is the stabilizing situation in the Middle East. Operations are winding down compared to the height of the war, and deployments do not last as long. Long deployments have often been considered a primary motivator for military divorces.

Considering the serious and sometimes dangerous nature of a soldier or officer’s work, it is no surprise that a military divorce must be dealt with differently than its civilian counterpart. The question of benefits and other pay structures, which differ considerably from the assets of an Illinois civilian, must be addressed. Despite the divorce rates being on the decline, it may still benefit those who serve this country to understand their rights and responsibilities in a divorce scenario.

Source: militarytimes.com, Military divorce rate ticks downward, Andrew Tilghman, Dec. 19, 2013