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Does one's job increase the likelihood of divorce?

Virginians give their all to their jobs, putting in long hours, so they can see their careers blossom. However, the stress of some jobs can lead to marriage stress. When one is unable to find a work-life balance, their marriage can suffer, which can lead to divorce. But, one statistician examined data from a 2015 U.S. Census Bureau survey to determine which occupations saw the highest divorce rate.

Actuaries saw a divorce rate of only 17 percent. Casino managers, on the other hand, saw a divorce rate of 53 percent. According to the research, those who work in a high-salary profession were less likely to divorce than those who work in a low-salary profession. He does concede, though, that correlation does not equal causation.

According to this research, those who work in the architecture and engineering industry saw an average divorce rate of around 28 percent. In comparison, those who work in the office and administrative support industry saw around 41 percent. Overall, 500 occupations were examined.

While this research is interesting, in the end, people of any occupation could find their marriage is crumbling, and they are best-off divorcing. One could cite their or their spouse's job as a factor in the decision to divorce. But, whether a person works in a job with a low divorce rate or one with a high divorce rate, he or she may find that for reasons entirely unrelated to their job, they need to end their marriage. When this is the case, it is important that individuals seek the help they need to protect their interests throughout the divorce process.

Source: Quartz, "The occupations with the highest and lowest divorce rates in the US," Leah Fessler, Sept. 6, 2017

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