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Can certain occupations lead to an increased chance of divorce?

Colorado residents may know that certain occupations come with a good deal of stress. Sometimes, this stress can spill over into family life, causing arguments and discord. Eventually, the stress can cause such a divide between spouses that they decide they are better off divorcing. In fact, a recent study by the website Zippia found that 30 percent of first-line enlisted military supervisors would divorce by age 30.

Logisticians were also likely to divorce by age 30, as were motor vehicle service technicians and mechanics. Finally, the study determined that those who worked in military-enlisted tactical operations and air weapons were also likely to divorce by age 30. In fact, those who worked in the military at all ranks had the greatest chance -- at 15 percent -- of divorcing by the time they were 30 years old.

According to one senior economic analyst, military occupations often result in the service member having to spend time away from home, being at risk for injuries and not being paid enough, all of which can take a toll on a marriage. A second study found in the Journal of Population Economics revealed that the chances of divorce went up each month a service member spent away from home. Mental health issues, such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder, could also cause additional stress in a military couple's relationship.

Of course, stress at work and financial issues at home can affect any person, regardless of their occupation. When these stressors become too much, divorce may be the right option for a couple whose marriage is simply unsustainable. However, there is no denying that divorce is a big step to take and, at first, can be quite confusing. Fortunately, attorneys are available to help those whose marriages are at an end take the necessary steps to divorce.

Source: MarketWatch, "Americans in this field have the highest rate of divorce by age 30," Kari Paul, July 15, 2017

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