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Divorce rates by occupation

North Carolina residents who work in fields that involve travel or night life might have marriages that are more vulnerable to divorce than people whose jobs offer more stable hours and a higher income. Data from 2015 gathered in the American Community Survey and presented by FlowingData found that occupations associated with math or science had the lowest divorce rates.

The national average for divorce in 2015 was around 35 percent, but the divorce rate for bartenders and gaming managers that year was higher than 50 percent. There was also a correlation between divorce rate, income and the likelihood of a child’s illness. The divorce rates for actuaries, scientists, doctors and software developers were considerably lower than the national average. For example, for actuaries, it was lower than 20 percent. Occupations associated with a rural population also had a lower divorce rate. Among those were farming, fishing, the military and forestry.

When a couple goes through a divorce, their respective incomes and occupations may also be relevant in the final divorce agreement. A person might be required to pay alimony to an ex-spouse who makes significantly less money although that support is often temporary. Child support is also based in large part on income. If one parent’s profession involves a great deal of traveling, the judge may decide it is in the child’s best interest for the other parent to have primary physical custody.

A divorce in which one or both people had a high income could mean that the process of property division is complicated since it may involve real estate, investments, collections and other assets. A person contemplating divorce might want to take financial documents to an attorney to get a sense of how the divorce might proceed.