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Study examines link between career fields and divorce

A recent study presented by FlowingData found that jobs associated with science and math tend to have lower divorce rates than those associated with night life or transportation. Some jobs that tend to attract rural populations, including military careers, forestry, farming and fishing, also have lower divorce rates. However, nightlife and travel-related jobs in New Jersey and throughout the U.S. have higher divorce rates.

Jobs such as bartender and gaming manager had a divorce rate higher than 50 percent. Meanwhile, the divorce rate for actuaries was lower than 20 percent. For clergy, it was just around 20 percent, and for physicians and surgeons, it was just above 20 percent. These were all considerably below the national divorce rate of about 35 percent in 2015.

Both higher incomes and more stable schedules could be factors in jobs with lower divorce rates. The study, which was based on information from the 2015 American Community Survey, also found that there was a correlation between divorce, income and how likely it was that a child in the family might become ill.

These same factors could play a part in potential divorce proceedings. Child custody and support, spousal support and property division may all proceed based on issues like a parent's schedule, income and assets. A parent who is traveling extensively for work is unlikely to be able to assume primary custody. Therefore, it may be necessary to create a visitation schedule that works around this. An attorney with experience in family law could represent a client during the divorce process.

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