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Occupation and income influence divorce rates

People holding jobs in Maryland that require late or irregular hours appear to face a higher risk of getting a divorce. An analysis of data from the 2015 American Community Survey showed that occupations that service nightlife or travel, such as bartenders, casino workers or flight attendants, have high divorce rates nationwide. Gaming managers and bartenders had the highest divorce rates compared to all other occupations.

As of 2015, statisticians calculated the mean national rate of divorce at approximately 35 percent. Higher than average rates of divorce occurred most often among people employed in industries tied to transportation, shipping or travel.

Income also influences divorce rates. People with jobs that provide higher than average incomes experience fewer splits. Careers that pay higher salaries, such as software developers, scientists and medical professionals, were associated with divorces at much lower rates. Common job types in rural areas, including farmers, fishers and foresters, also had low levels of divorce. People employed as actuaries ended their marriages at the lowest rate of any occupation.

Job choice does not necessarily insulate any particular person from marital stress. Someone who wants legal information about how to end a marriage could consult an attorney. Information about how divorce law guides decisions about child custody, child support and division of assets could be shared by an attorney. An attorney could create paperwork, such as initial filings, co-parenting plans and the final settlement. Legal advice from an attorney might help someone understand rights and avoid costly decisions that could have a long-term financial impact. The efforts of an attorney could allow a person to achieve an equitable divorce settlement.