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Divorce rates within health care professions

Individuals who have divorced or are in the process of obtaining one come from a variety of occupations. Texas professionals may be interested to know that a study conducted on the divorce rates of people employed in the health care field revealed that doctors actually had a lower rate of divorce than expected, despite a stressful work environment and demanding hours. This study occurred between 2008 and 2013 and involved close to 250,000 individuals from a variety of health care-related occupations.

In this study, 40,000 doctors completed surveys, and the results indicated that 24 percent of these doctors had been divorced. Nurses had a 33 percent rate of divorce, which was the highest reported percentage among health care professions. For the purposes of this study, workers outside of the health care field were also included, and results indicated that this group had the highest rate at 35 percent.

Researchers also noticed that, within the physician field, there were contradictory rates of divorce when it came to the sex of the doctor. When comparing a female doctor and a male doctor in the same age range, there was a 1.5 times greater chance that the female doctor was divorced. Researchers also found that female doctors who worked more than 40 hours per week had a higher chance of being divorced than female doctors who worked less that 40 hours per week. Male doctors, on the other hand, who worked less than 40 hours per week typically had a higher divorce rate than male doctors who put in longer hours.

This study reveals the statistics of divorce by health care occupation, but individuals of any occupation may find themselves considering a divorce. Consulting an attorney may be a good way to begin discussing expectations of the process. An attorney may review what alternatives a client has with regard to specific issues and what available courses of action might be available based on individual circumstances.

Source: U.S. News & World Report, "Doctors Less Likely to Divorce, Study Finds," Robert Preidt, Feb. 19, 2015

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