Military Relationships | Family and Work Relationships
When it comes down to it, life is about relationships, whether it’s with a partner, your children or work colleagues. As a guardian of our country, you know that maintaining strong relationships with fellow service members and commanders is key. Make sure you don’t shortchange or take for granted your relationships with family members. Military OneSource can help you bolster your connections at home.
Common Relationship Challenges
Every couple is unique, but the challenges they face tend to be universal. A first step toward a healthy relationship is accepting that the road will not always be smooth. Recognizing those areas that need attention and knowing when to seek help will let you grow as a couple and forge a strong and enduring bond.
Relationship Support for Military Couples
Couples counseling and many other free and confidential resources are available to help you and your partner build a relationship that can thrive amid these and other challenges.
Marriage Enrichment Programs
With deployments and frequent relocations, military relationships can be put to the test. You've aced military life. Now can you bring that same strength and sense of adventure to your marriage?
Recognizing Unhealthy Relationship Behaviors
Most relationships consist of a mixture of healthy and unhealthy behaviors. No relationship is perfect, but it’s important to recognize the warning signs of unhealthy behaviors.
10 Tips for Parenting While Your Spouse Is Deployed
When your partner is deployed, it can feel like you are a single parent.
10 Tips for Keeping a Relationship Strong During Deployment and Separation
Whether this is the first time or the 20th time that your spouse has been called to active duty, relationships change when a spouse serves away from home.
Preparing Your Family Care Plan
Whether it's a deployment or training, sometimes your military career obligates you to leave your family and loved ones for an extended period of time. While being away from home is never easy, creating a family care plan can give you some peace of mind while you’re gone.
When You and Your Partner React Differently to COVID-19 Concerns — Tips for Communicating
If different reactions to the COVID-19 outbreak are causing tension in your relationship, these tips and resources from Military OneSource can help.
Transitional Compensation: Help for Victims of Abuse
Victims of abuse can feel isolated and discouraged. For the families of military service members, this isolation can be more intense when living far from extended family and close friends. If you've bravely decided to leave an abusive relationship, transitional compensation is a financial benefit that can help you move and get back on your feet.
Understanding Healthy Relationships
Every relationship has its strengths and weaknesses; however, some relationships are healthier than others. Addressing problems early in a relationship gives both partners opportunities to resolve issues and develop healthy habits that are important for a long-lasting and satisfying relationship.
Understanding Dating Violence
Dating is exciting — there's no doubt about it. And when you're new to it, it can be hard to recognize a good date or a good relationship versus an unhealthy one.
Rights and Benefits for Abandoned Military Spouses
Family law defines abandonment as the act of deliberately leaving one's spouse without consent (or notification, in many cases) with no intent of returning.
Understanding Jealousy, Preserving Trust
How you and your partner deal with jealousy is crucial to maintaining trust and avoiding more serious problems.
Dealing with Military Divorce
Deciding to end your marriage can feel like the final step on a long journey.
Rights and Benefits of Divorced Spouses in the Military
Ease the time, expense and emotional strain of divorce by learning about unique legal issues due to military service.
How to Strengthen Your Relationship: 14 Ways
Whether your marriage is strong, rocky or somewhere in between, the fact is many could stand to strengthen their relationship. A loving, resilient marriage is a source of personal happiness and family joy. A solid relationship also lets service members focus on their mission and daily duty requirements.
You Can Do This: Your Checklist for Living Positive While Your Partner's Deployed
During deployment, your partner's not the only one who has to step up and serve. Your job is standing tall here at home. The power of being positive can go a long way to supporting your spouse. You'll find it can give you extra strength as well. Try these practical, positive tips.
Servicemembers Civil Relief Act
The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, or SCRA, provides financial and legal protection for active-duty service members, including National Guard and reserve members, and their families. Because details of the SCRA are complicated, service members and their families are encouraged to contact the nearest legal assistance office if they need help meeting their financial obligations.
Staying Resilient While Your Partner is Deployed
A big part of staying strong while your partner is deployed is being positive. Staying positive can help make things a little easier on you and family members.
How to Successfully Communicate as a Couple
For service members, a loving, resilient marriage is both a matter of personal happiness and family readiness.
Prevent Domestic Violence: Strengthen Your Community
No relationship is perfect. All partnerships or marriages lie somewhere on the scale of healthy and unhealthy relationships.
Child Custody Considerations for Members of the Military
Many service members have custody of, or visitation rights with, children whose other parent is not the service member's current spouse. Absences due to military service can undermine and disrupt existing arrangements, creating stress on parents and children.
Balancing Work and Life as Dual Military Couples
When you’re married to another service member, you both share the honor of proudly serving your country. Dealing with deployments and separation can be demanding, but learning techniques to balance work and life can help you and your spouse stay connected.
Deployment Planning: Your Relationship Checklist
Have a deployment in your future? This is where you and your partner team up for relationship resilience. Plan, trust, communicate—and be confident you're ready to support your partner and keep your long-distance relationship strong.
9 Tips for Keeping Your Relationship Strong and Healthy
Relationships are like military missions in that they require strategy, foresight and effort.
Dealing With Divorce as a Military Family
Moving forward with a divorce can be the start of a new life.
How to Find Help for Victims of Domestic Abuse
It can be difficult to know when or how to reach out for help regarding a partner’s controlling or abusive behavior.
Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act for Divorced Spouses in the Military
The Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act is a federal law that provides certain benefits to former spouses of military members.