Divorce isn’t easy for anyone, but for professionals in particular lines of work, it’s even more difficult. There are some careers that complicate divorce proceedings, adding new layers of stress to an already extremely challenging and emotionally demanding process.
In this post, we’ll take a look at these careers and try to work out why they might have this negative impact on divorce proceedings.
Here Are 4 Careers That Can Complicate Divorce Proceedings
Careers With the Highest Divorce Rates
As you might suspect, some careers don’t just complicate divorce proceedings, but make divorce a more likely outcome.
Some jobs are simply more toxic than others (as we’ll get into on this list), and as society becomes less enamored with marriage for financial and lifestyle reasons, some people find themselves calling off their unions early.
According to a 2017 survey from flowingdata.com, here are the careers that most commonly end in divorce:
- Gaming managers 52.9%
- Bartenders 52.7%
- Flight attendants 50.5%
By contrast, the careers with the lowest divorce rates are:
- Actuaries 17%
- Physical scientists 18.9%
- Medical scientists and life scientist 19.6%
It’s no secret that a career in the military is intensely demanding.
Beyond the challenges that come with being away on a tour, many military personnel struggle with mental health concerns, rebuilding their lives, and a lost sense of purpose once they return home.
This, in many cases, can lead to extensive and distressing divorce proceedings for relationships that simply can’t handle the strain.
Where this gets complicated is in how military service men and women live. Many have multiple homes, particularly when they’re still in active duty. This can make it difficult to continue proceedings or understand how assets are to be split. If personnel are away for months at a time serving, it can be almost impossible to reach an amicable agreement.
Many veterans rely on VA benefits once they leave the force, either for medical reasons or to have a financial safety blanket while they reassess their life. These benefits can be difficult to acquire (which is why services such as vetcompandpen.com have appeared in recent years to offer support), and only become more complicated once divorce hearings start. A spouse may have access to these benefits and a military pension is considered an asset that needs to be debated throughout the divorce process.
Much like those in the military, travel careers (such as commercial flight pilots and attendants) put an extreme strain on relationships for reasons of distance.
When two people are apart for so long and so frequently, it can be difficult to keep things together in a relationship. In this difficult period of the pandemic in particular, where the industry is in strife, mental health concerns are common in travel professionals.
These issues can often complicate divorce proceedings, where the question of possessions in a relationship where one partner is never home comes into question.
Likewise, the demands of constantly being away from one can make it difficult to complete proceedings, even online. Solicitors and lawyers prefer to meet in person, and if you’re rarely home and have little free time, it can make it difficult to make these sessions worthwhile and quick.
If the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed anything, it’s the levels of stress healthcare workers have to deal with every day in their roles.
It’s not even just during trying times such as these. Healthcare professionals are always pushed to their limits, working long hours in difficult conditions.
Unfortunately, much like a demanding career in travel, healthcare professionals can find themselves torn between two masters during both their relationship and unfortunate divorce proceedings.
As the fastest growing sector in the American economy, as reported by cdc.gov, with over 18 million workers, healthcare continues to cause a strain on relationships and divorce proceedings across the United States. Much like military careers, it is not uncommon for healthcare workers to suffer from conditions such as PTSD and require serious aid. This can make proceeding with divorce hearings particular difficult in the short term.
Not every doctor or nurse gets divorced, but from the long education period to the demands of the role, it is hard to fully commit to a relationship or end of one, particularly when both parties work in healthcare.
Unlike many of the careers listed above, those in the service industry are generally low-income. However, this can create just as many issues as high-profile and well-paid jobs, as individuals will be more protective of particular assets such as vehicles and homes.
Services careers tend to represent a particular lifestyle. People within them are usually younger and less financially stable. They’re known for changing jobs quite frequently and are tied to less secure businesses (particularly if they own their own restaurant or bar).
Likewise, according to marketwatch.com, service workers are among the least most likely to own their homes. While this does remove questions of ownership during divorce proceedings, it can slow down the process as both parties find new occupancies. Some couples will often stay together longer out of convenience, even after deciding to split.
Divorce isn’t easy, no matter what you do for work. In these lines of work, however, other demands and complex benefits get in the way of what would otherwise be quite amicable procedures.
Stevie Nicks is Digital Editor at Just Another Magazine – a website that covers the topics you care about. You’ll find articles about lifestyle, travel, fashion, trends, and relationships on our site – each of which is written in our unique style. www.justanothermagazine.com
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