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Does My Career Increase The Likelihood Of Divorce?

Are you more likely to get a divorce based on your occupation? A recent study finds that your occupation - or at least the stress of your job - may result in a higher divorce rate.

A review of the study summarizes the data collected and discovered that military members have the highest rate of divorce. Considering the variety of stresses that accompany military service, including deployment, this may not be particularly surprising. Some other careers on the list, however, may surprise you. Among the top ten careers associated with the highest rates of divorce by age 30 were nonfarm animal caretakers, advertising sales agents, museum curators and social workers.

Clearly, every job presents its own challenges and stresses. Changing careers isn't an option for most people. Understanding this data is important for many reasons, including the fact that it may alert you to your family's need for greater emotional support in order to avoid the toll that your chosen career path may take on your family.

If you are getting a divorce, understanding the stresses of your job may also be helpful for your attorney, as divorce professionals need to understand all of the factors at play in the decline of a marriage. By acknowledging certain stresses of an occupation, better parent plans may be developed, therapeutic services may be recommended, and the longevity of your career may be considered in the property settlement. 

Occasionally, parties to a divorce do decide that they need to change occupations or positions so that they can be more active participants in their children's lives as a single parent. 

Your career is important. If you are going through a divorce, or considering a divorce, you should evaluate the impact of your job on your role as a parent. It may also have an impact on your ability to support yourself and your family moving forward. Evaluating your occupation may make the divorce process easier or even avoidable altogether.

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