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Correlation found between some jobs, divorce rate

Texas bartenders, flight attendants and casino workers may be more likely to get a divorce than people in professions such as actuary or physician. A survey presented by FlowingData drawing on data from the 2015 American Community Survey found that while actuaries had a divorce rate lower than 20 percent and that of physicians was just above 20 percent, the divorce rate for bartenders and gaming managers was higher than 50 percent. Overall, occupations that focused on science and math tended to have considerably lower divorce rates than the 2015 average of 35 percent while those in jobs that dealt with transportation or night life had higher ones.

A higher income and a more regular schedule may be among the elements that lower the risk of divorce in the jobs that show lower rates. Several occupations popular in rural areas, including fishing, forestry, military careers and farming also had low divorce rates.

The study also found that divorce and income were correlated with the likelihood of a child's illness. A closer look at the data showed divorce rates dropping considerably in occupations with annual incomes of $60,000 or higher.

When divorce does happen to higher-income couples, the process can be more complex, expensive and time-consuming. This could include dividing real estate properties, investments and even businesses. Since Texas is a community property state, shared marital assets are supposed to be divided equally. However, this does not necessarily mean that every asset must be divided 50/50. Furthermore, the process might still be streamlined somewhat if the couple are able to negotiate an agreement instead of going through litigation. A couple could consider a collaborative divorce or using mediation to reach an agreement, and they would have more control over the outcome than they would if a judge made the decisions.

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