We rely on police, firefighters, first responders and our military to protect us during accidents and emergencies. They perform some of the most difficult jobs in the world. But we don’t always recognize the mental, physical and emotional toll these jobs take on the people who do them and their families.
A National Institute of Justice (NIJ) report studied the effect of law enforcement job stress on the officers and their families. Some of the most frequently cited reasons families of law enforcement officers feel stress include:
- Long periods apart due to shift work and overtime
- Fear of the officer being hurt or killed on the job
- The effect on the officer of experiencing dangerous, stressful and disturbing situations
- Unwillingness to discuss this stress with the spouse or family
- Preoccupation with the job
It is important to note that not every officer or military service member has these reactions to their jobs. There are, however, some trends in the effects these jobs have on families.
If you are an officer, first responder, firefighter or military member, you may have experienced stress and other effects from the dangerous nature of your job. Getting help from departmental resources or your personal physician is critical to maintaining good physical and mental health. It can also help you with your relationship with your family.
Our attorneys have helped numerous servicemen and women as well as law enforcement officers who have family law needs. We understand the unique situation of your occupation, and we want to ease your worries. Whether you are just thinking about divorce or you have made the decision, we can help.
We know how to protect your right to your pension and retirement as well as your right to custody of your children, even if you are deployed or have to work unusual hours. Our lawyers can also discuss how to successfully co-parent in challenging situations.
Source: www.policechiefmagazine.org, “Preparing Families for the Hazards of Police Work,” Sam Torres, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Criminal Justice, California State University, Long Beach, California; David L. Maggard Jr., Chief of Police, Irvine, California; and Christine To, Oct. 2003.