Is There a Connection Between Profession and Divorce?

Most of us will admit that our employment can play a role in our personal lives. For instance, if you work a very demanding job that often takes priority over time spent with your spouse, consequences are likely. We would all like to have a good work-life balance, but some professions just don’t allow for that.

Certain professions are notorious for causing trouble at home. Example: If your dream is to be a doctor and your work requires odd hours or overtime, your profession could indirectly lead to divorce. Studies have demonstrated a link between the work you do and an increased likelihood of divorce.

Which Jobs Are More Likely to Lead to Divorce?

Just because your profession is linked to a higher rate of divorce doesn’t mean you and your spouse will be calling it quits. Many couples have creative ways of making their relationships work, despite any added strain their employment may put on them.

To give you an idea, some couples understand that, if one spouse’s employment means less time spent together, they can bond by making the time they do have together really count. Other couples are more adept at working through any issues they may have, whether the issues are related to employment or not.

Recently, a career-focused website analyzed U.S. Census Bureau data and found that the following jobs and industries had the highest rates of divorce:

  • Military workers
  • Auto service technicians and mechanics
  • Chemical technicians
  • Food preparation and service workers
  • Nonfarm animal caretakers
  • Library assistants and clerical workers
  • Engineering technicians
  • Other technicians
  • Medical assistants
  • Carpenters
  • Administrative service managers
  • Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists
  • Tax examiners, collectors, and revenue agents

How Your Job Can Affect Your Personal Life

Some jobs can require one spouse to work odd hours or more than forty hours a week, but that’s not the only way your profession can place strain on your relationship.

Your chosen career can lead to one or more of the following issues, increasing the chances of divorce:

  • High-stress jobs can cause the worker to bring that stress home, where it affects the family.
  • Certain jobs can cause vicarious trauma in employees (emergency workers, firefighters, law enforcement officers, etc.), leading to isolation, substance abuse, or depression.
  • Some job types may not pay well enough to create a stable financial life for the family, which can easily cause strain and disputes.

A Family Law Attorney Can Help You

You can interpret job data and divorce rates in a number of ways, and while it does appear that a poor work-life balance can increase the chances of divorce, additional factors are almost always involved.

Regardless of what has caused you to believe divorce or legal separation is necessary for you and your spouse, a family lawyer can help you get through the proceedings. Contact the Law Office of Laurence J. Brock to discuss your case for free. Evaluations with a divorce attorney are always confidential. Call 909-466-7661 or fill out the form below.

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