When a Pennsylvania couple gets married, they most likely are not considering that a divorce could be in their future. However, there are certain factors that could ultimately cause a couple to end their marriage. Even though the divorce rate for younger couples has gone down, those who work in high-stress careers often have divorce rates that are higher than those who work in lower-stress positions.

Although stress can have an impact on most, if not all, married couples, those who work high-stress jobs, such as in the military, likely have additional factors that have an impact on their marriage. Some jobs, for example, require one spouse to be absent from home for days, weeks or even months, if not longer. Further, some careers can leave a spouse with mental health issues, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. Additionally, couples often find themselves getting married young due to the fact that a spouse could be deployed at any time.

Due to the numerous factors, military service members have the highest rate of divorce by the age of 30 with a divorce rate of 15 percent. Within this career, first-line enlisted military supervisors had the highest with a divorce rate of 30 percent. Automotive technicians, mechanics, and logisticians had the next highest divorce rates.

Many people believe that if it is time to get a divorce, they must go to court and litigate the matter. While this is certainly an option, there are other ways to go about ending a marriage. If the estranged couple can work together and there is no history of domestic abuse, their respective attorneys could assist in negotiating a comprehensive settlement agreement that deals with the applicable legal issues and can then be submitted to the court for its approval.

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