Statistics gathered and released by the Pentagon show that divorces among couples in which one or both of the spouses is a member of the military decreased slightly in 2012, with 3.5% of all married military couples divorcing last year in comparison to 3.7% divorcing in 2011. While one year cannot indicate future expectations, this shift should not be discounted.

Repeated and lengthy deployments, which became so common in the decade following September 11, 2001, are becoming less common for those enrolled in our armed forces today. Perhaps the ability to be at home more and to deal with circumstances that distance and danger only magnify has helped to keep more marriages intact.

Statistics also show that military couples who married before September 11 were more likely to divorce than those who did so after that date, with the assumption that those who made that commitment in late 2001 or later knew that their union would be accompanied by the strain of war. This is a fact of life that now applies to couples who have been married as along as twelve years learned from day one how to navigate a relationship within this life.

With fifteen military bases located in the state of Texas, local attorney Tony R. Bertolino has worked with many military couples as they navigate through the emotional decision to divorce and says that these men and women are facing some questions specific to their profession during this difficult process. Bertolino believes that regardless of whether or not divorces within the military continue to decrease or if we see a spike in separations over the next couple of years, the unique elements of the legal situation must be appreciated by any attorney offering legal counsel.

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