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Stressful careers contribute to divorce

On Behalf of | Jul 19, 2017 | Divorce

A person’s job may be a deciding factor in their marriage, and stressful jobs have been linked to higher divorce rates. Arizona residents may want to take these statistics into account as they examine their marriage and career options.

According to an analysis of census data, stressful careers increased the likelihood of divorce by as much as 30 percent. The hardest-hit were military careers, especially in the air force, logisticians and automotive service technicians. These careers all had similar features that contributed to divorce, including stressful work environments, long hours and the possibility of frequent time away from home.

Stressful careers strain marriages in a variety of ways. The most obvious are the time constraints certain jobs may put on the marriage. Those in stressful careers may work exceptionally long hours, leaving less time to spend with their spouse or do things to keep the marriage alive and healthy. The time away from home, either due to business meetings or military deployments, can especially strain the marriage. Research found that divorce rates increased significantly for each month a spouse spent away from home. While the research focused primarily on military deployments, the same is likely true of those who spend time away for any reason, including business.

Divorce rates across the board tend to be increasing. While marrying very young has frequently increased the likelihood of divorce, older couples and baby boomers are also getting divorced at significantly higher rates. Since nobody is immune to divorce, it is important to understand what to do if one is looming. There are many options available to make the process easier and less financially painful. A person may wish to consult with a divorce attorney to explore their options and find a solution that will work for them. Preparing properly for a divorce can make it less stressful.