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Careers that could increase risk of divorce

Feb 26, 2021 | Divorce

For a lot of people, a job is just a job: a way to collect a paycheck. For other people, their career is their passion. Whichever way you see your occupation, however, you should know that it can take a considerable toll on your life outside of work.

According to a study, young people working in specific careers report a higher rate of divorce than people in other sectors. Do you or your spouse work in these areas?

Ten careers with higher divorce rates

An analysis of data collected from the U.S. Census revealed that the careers with higher divorce rates among people under 30 years old include:

  1. Military workers (divorce rate reaching 30 percent for some positions)
  2. Logistics and supply chain professionals (divorce rate of 18 percent)
  3. Mechanics, automotive techs (divorce rate of 17 percent)
  4. Chemical technicians (divorce rate of 15 percent)
  5. Food preparation and service workers (divorce rate of 15 percent)
  6. Animal caretakers (divorce rate of 15 percent)
  7. Library assistants and technicians (divorce rate of 15 percent)
  8. Engineering technicians (divorce rate of 14 percent)
  9. Healthcare professionals (divorce rate reaching 14 percent for some positions)
  10. Carpenters (divorce rate of 13 percent)

Other occupations with higher divorce rates among people under 30 include administrative workers, correctional officers, and laborers.

How jobs can affect divorce

Of course, a job on its own is unlikely to cause a breakup. Rather, it can be the demands of a job, financial stressors and professional relationships that push a marriage beyond its breaking point. These elements can influence numerous aspects of a divorce, including:

  • Whether a divorce is amicable or contentious
  • How quickly the process moves
  • How much property there is to divide
  • Child custody arrangements
  • Spousal support obligations

Divorcing spouses may also need to balance the demands of work with the requirements of the legal process, which can add more stress to this situation. Thus, working with someone who is familiar with the legal system and family-related matters can make it easier to navigate this process.