Virginia military members are more likely to go through divorce than those in other professions, according to an analysis of census data by the website Zippia. The analysis found that three of the top 10 jobs with the highest divorce risk before age 30 were military professions. The number one career associated with divorce was first-line enlisted military personnel. The two other military jobs in the top 10 were air weapons and tactical operations. Other professions in the top 10 included mechanics, automotive service technicians and logisticians.
Insufficient pay, danger and time away from partners were all cited as factors that could strain a marriage. These factors can play an even stronger role in military careers that have frequent deployments. Mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder and depression may also cause difficulties in relationships. Military couples may have to move often, and this can create problems as well.
Speech language pathologists, religious workers and dentists are among the professions that have the fewest divorces. Although divorces have been on the decline since they reached their peak of 23 divorces for every 1,000 married women in 1980, divorce is on the rise for baby boomers. Since 1990, divorce rates have increased 109 percent for this age group.
People who are considering divorce may want to talk to an attorney about their options. For example, in a military divorce, the non-military spouse may be eligible for some the government benefits after the marriage has lasted a certain amount of time. A person may also want to visit an attorney to discuss property division, child custody, and child and spousal support.