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Study compares divorce rates among professions

Texas residents whose workplaces are casinos or bars or whose jobs are in the transportation industry might have a higher likelihood of divorce than the national average. Conversely, those whose jobs are in the fields of science and math may have a lower divorce rate.

FlowingData presented information from the 2015 American Community Survey that looked at the correlation between certain jobs and the divorce rate. The average divorce rate in 2015 was just above 35 percent. However, for gaming managers and bartenders, that rate was higher than 50 percent while for actuaries it was less than 20 percent. Surgeons and physicians had a divorce rate that was just over 20 percent.

Many of the jobs with lower divorce rates offered higher incomes and more stable hours. The study also found a correlation between the chance that a child would become ill, divorce rate and income. Other occupations with a lower-than-average divorce rate were clergy and professions associated with rural areas such as forestry, fishing and farming. People in the military also had lower rates of divorce.

If one or both individuals have a high income, then there may be a complex divorce. There could be a number of investments to divide including real estate and even businesses. Texas is a community property state, so this means that assets and debts acquired after marriage are usually considered shared property. There are a few exceptions such as inheritances that are not commingled with shared assets. Shared marital property is supposed to be divided 50/50. However, there could be several complications. For example, one spouse might attempt to hide assets. The couple may have signed a pre- or postnuptial agreement, but that agreement could be successfully challenged if it appears one coerced the other into the agreement.

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