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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Do certain jobs make couples more likely to divorce?

There are plenty of reasons why people consider getting divorced in Phoenix and elsewhere. Infidelity, growing apart, financial struggles, and different parenting styles are some of the often-cited reasons why people decide to end their marriages. 

Generally, when people think about what couples do for a living-- in the context of a divorce-- they likely think of how each partner’s job and salary may impact whether one spouse will be required to pay the other one spousal support, also known as alimony

In addition, if the divorcing couple has minor children, the couple’s jobs would be important in determining the amount of child support one may pay to the other. But it turns out that a divorcing couple’s jobs can not only impact the factors of a divorce like spousal or child support—but certain jobs can apparently also actually drive the couple toward divorce.

A statistician reportedly determined, by combing U.S. Census data, that the following are trends related to divorced couple’s jobs:

  • casino managers and casino service workers
  • bar staff 
  • cabin crew
  • construction
  • switchboard operators
  • telemarketers

In reviewing the above trends, one could make observations that some of these occupations may often involve consumption of excessive amounts of alcohol and offer the opportunity for conversation with strangers—an obvious potentially-dangerous combination for a marriage on the rocks. Those who work some these trending jobs often spend many hours (and overnight stays) away from home and have opportunities to meet new people. High divorce rates for other occupations that are particularly stressful support the theory that the stressed-out partner brings their work-related stress home to the detriment of their marriage. 

The statistician noted that “salary wasn’t a cause for divorce” though people with higher salaries had lower divorce rates in general. 

If you need assistance filing for divorce, were recently served with divorce papers, or have questions regarding any family law matter, Cohen Family Law can help you. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. 

From our office in Phoenix, we help clients throughout Arizona navigate their family law issues.


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