Monday, October 24, 2011

Military Families Struggle with Readjustment on Home Front

President Barack Obama announced last week that all American forces currently deployed to Iraq will be home by the end of the year. This news was roundly welcomed by families across the United States who worry about their soldiers serving overseas every day. Here in Texas, our military bases are home to thousands of parents, spouses, and children of our armed forces who are ready to welcome their loved ones back to the Lone Star State with open arms. They all deserve the hero's welcome they they undoubtedly will receive.

Psychologists in the military are more educated and trained than ever about the difficulties that are men and women in uniform face when they return from deployment. After spending months or even more than a year in the middle of a warzone, the transition back to family life and the comforts of home is not often an easy one. Unfortunately, the prolonged separation and then the emotions of returning home can put intense strain on a marriage. While the rate of divorce is in line with the general population, it has been rising within military families over the past several years. And, women in the military have a divorce rate that is more than double of their male counterparts!

While we certainly do not want to see any marriage end in divorce, sometimes this difficult decision must be made. For the members of our military, we know that this often comes with special considerations such as how to care for the children during deployments, moving to a new base, service benefits, and more. The family law attorneys at Bertolino LLP have experiencing working with our men and women in uniform through this trying process. We are ready to help you with the sensitive and highly personal decisions that must be made. If you are in the military and you are facing a divorce, please contact our Austin, Houston, or San Antonio office today for help.

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