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Study looks at link between occupations, divorce

Arizona residents whose jobs involve night life or travel may have a higher divorce risk than people whose jobs involve science or math. This was one of the findings presented by FlowingData based on data from the 2015 American Community Survey.

The survey found that bartenders and gaming managers had a divorce rate that was higher than 50 percent while professions such as actuary, physician and clergy had divorce rates that were under 25 percent. In 2015, the average divorce rate was just over 35 percent.

One thing the professions with a low divorce rate have in common compared to those with a higher divorce rate is a more stable work schedule and a higher income. The study also found that there was some correlation between the possibility of a child's illness, income and divorce. Professions that were popular in rural areas also had a lower chance of divorce. These include forestry, fishing, farming and military careers.

The careers people work in may also end up being a factor in the divorce settlement. If one person has a high income and the other does not, the higher-income person may owe spousal support to the other. In a community property state like Arizona, marital assets are generally considered to be all property acquired after marriage with a few exceptions such as some inheritances. That means that during property division, shared assets will generally be divided equally by the court. For example, if only one person has contributed to a retirement account, it may still be divided equally between the spouses. If this would produce an unsatisfactory result, the couple might want to try negotiating a settlement with the help of their respective attorneys.

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