Many factors cause divorce, but there is one that isn't being talked about outside of certain small circles - being deployed in the armed forces. Being in the military stresses most relationships and studies show that divorces in the military are going up.
If you think all of that is bad, I can't even imagine this...
Pray for those who are in the armed services.
Out of the blue, one of his buddies sent him an e-mail asking when he and his wife, Renee, another soldier who was back at Fort Hood, had gotten divorced.
Divorced? That was news to Matthew. When he expressed bewilderment, his buddy directed him to his wife’s MySpace page.
What he saw stunned him: His wife claimed she had divorced him June 4 in Texas.
Matthew knew one thing: He hadn’t signed any divorce papers. He couldn’t have; he was in Iraq at the time. And no one sent him any such documents to sign while there, he said.
When he called Renee to ask her what was going on, he says, “She yelled at me, ‘What are you doing on MySpace?’"
In the months since, the saga has gotten stranger. Matthew says the copy of the divorce decree he eventually received gives no indication that the court was aware that he and Renee have a child.
He says she later told him she did not tell the court about their son, Matthew Jr., who will turn 2 on March 24, because she didn’t want him to have to pay court-ordered child support. But then, Matthew says, she began demanding $1,000 a month in child support in exchange for the right to see the boy.