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Career choice may impact divorce likelihood

What people do for a living has an impact on every aspect of their lives, including their marriages, according to some research. People who work in restaurants and hotels might be more likely to divorce than people who work in other fields. One study suggests that the more potential partners people live and work around, the more likely they are to divorce. New Jersey readers who work in social jobs might be interested in the findings.

Researchers from Stockholm University made an extensive study of 30 years of data, looking for a link between gender ratios at work and divorce rates. The data used was gathered by Statistics Denmark, which has been recording Danish demographic information since 1945. The researchers separated out the cases of people who had married someone of the opposite sex from 1981 to 2002, who had one or more jobs during the marriage and who divorced.

The resulting sample was 113,252 women and 102,453 men. Among men who worked in construction and other male-dominated fields, the rate of divorce was much lower than for women working in the same fields. Additionally, the more women working in the man's sector, the higher his risk of divorce. In the end, the industries with the highest risk of divorce were restaurants and hotels, both of which require lots of social interaction. The lowest risk of divorce was among librarians and farmers.

For people who are facing the end of a marriage, a lawyer might be able to help. A divorce lawyer might review the couple's circumstances, identify marital assets and negotiate property settlement with the other side. In cases where children are involved, a lawyer might develop a strategy for securing partial or full custody as well.

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