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Occupational choice and divorce

When couples in Georgia get married, they generally anticipate staying together forever. However, circumstances and people change over time. In some cases, a once happy couple may find themselves having difficulties that prove impossible to resolve. Some occupational choices can exacerbate the chance of divorce, according to a recent study.

It turns out that people working in the hospitality and travel industries often have a higher incidence of divorce, based on data from the 2015 American Community Survey. This includes bartenders, casino workers and flight attendants. Researchers attribute the correlation between these careers and divorce to the fact that workers in these industries often have "fluid" schedules that can make establishing routine family time difficult.

There are other factors, such as income levels, that can play a role in how an occupation could lead to divorce. Spouses with higher household incomes are less likely to separate, perhaps, in part, due to lower levels of financial stress. Since money problems can wear emotionally on spouses, the likelihood of conflict increases. This may be why some higher-paying professions, such as doctors, have lower divorce rates. When considering all occupation industries, most hover around the national mean rate of divorce, which was just above 35 percent of marriages in 2015.

Individuals who are concerned about divorce-related issues may benefit from speaking with a family law attorney. The lawyer may be able to review the client's case and make recommendations regarding financial and child custody issues. Those who've already experienced a divorce may also find themselves in need of legal counsel regarding post-divorce modifications to support and custody agreements.

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