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Ask Amy: Young military marriage leads to quick divorce

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: My daughter has been married almost a year.

Her husband is in the military, and they had to get hitched so she could live with him during the COVID-19 lockdowns.

They live on an isolated military base. She takes care of the house, started a business, volunteers for the Red Cross, and has a dog keep her busy.

She just graduated from college, but there is no work on the base for her.

He came home from work last night and told her he has been unhappy for a while and that he wanted a divorce.

He said that counseling won't help; his mind is made up. Then he left and stayed at a friend's house. He won't take her calls.


The two of them did some premarital counseling and have some relationship books, so they have tools.

I told her to email him to express what she is feeling, because it is not right for him to treat her like this. She is devastated and doesn't even know what she has done wrong.

Last month they were talking about starting a family. How are they on divorce’s doorstep?

He has been out drinking with his buddies quite a bit in the last month.


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