Heartaches and hard feelings attached to the end of a marriage are fairly universal. However, legal processes can differ in the way spouses obtain a divorce. Unlike civilian divorces, military divorces rely on both state and federal military family laws.
Arkansas military spouses have uncommon pressures. Families may move repeatedly or be separated for lengthy periods during a service member's deployment. Spouses called to action can be forced to miss events, like the birth of a child, while non-service member spouses carry the added stress of worrying about a loved one's safety during active duty.
A long-distance dating relationship may not be ideal, but the arrangement works for some couples. No one wants an extended separation from a partner after marriage, but that's nothing new for Pulaski County military families. What has changed is who remains in the U.S. after a spouse's deployment overseas.