Family Court Review: Military Families and the Family Court (Special Issue)

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A special issue of Family Court Review, dedicated to military families, is now available online

Editors Andrew Schepard and Robert E Emery note that this Special Issue may be used as a resource guide for family courts that are seeing increased numbers of cases involving military and veteran families. They point out that although military families tend to be remarkably strong and resilient in the face of the many challenges they face, there are some unique stressors that may put them at higher risk for problems that require resolution through the family court system.

Some examples of the stressors that military families may encounter are:

  • Marriage at a young age,
  • Devotion to duty over obligations to family,
  • A strong command structure of rules and obligations,
  • Repeated deployments to combat zones,
  • Frequent moves and school changes,
  • Long parent–child separations,
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), mental illness, traumatic brain and other physical injuries on return from combat,
  • Drug and alcohol abuse, and
  • Domestic violence.

This Special Edition also contains information on resources military families can use to help them cope with these challenges.

The Penn State Clearinghouse has reviewed many programs that may be used to help military families better cope with challenges while remaining resilient and strong ( One such program, the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, has been placed as Promising on the Clearinghouse Continuum of Evidence. For more information on the placement process visit

The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program is a group intervention for individuals experiencing stress related to a range of life experiences, medical conditions, or psychological symptoms. Participants learn and practice specific techniques that help them manage and reduce stress and improve their ability to cope with challenging circumstances.

If you are interested in implementing this or any of the other over 800 programs on the Continuum of Evidence please contact our Technical Support team for live help Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM ET. Technical assistance agents may be reached through live chat, phone 1-877-382-9185, or email.