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Comparing divorce rates for different professions

On Behalf of | Feb 27, 2015 | Divorce

When people think about a doctor’s home life, they probably think that it is seriously lacking in some areas. Doctors are people who are thought to work really long hours. Early morning rounds, late days at an office or seemingly endless hours in the hospital are often part of the life of a doctor. With all of those things in mind, it is easy to see why someone might think that the divorce rate among doctors is high. That, however, isn’t the case. Our Colorado readers might find a study that was done very interesting.

The study looked at a group of around 250,000 people in the medical field, around 6.3 million non-health care professionals and 59,000 lawyers. Interestingly enough, pharmacists had the lowest divorce rate in the group with only 23 percent being divorced. Physicians were next with 24 percent, followed by dentists with 25 percent, lawyers with 27 percent, 31 percent for health care executives, 33 percent for nurses and 35 percent for non-health care workers.

Those statistics show some very interesting trends that are occurring. Despite the long hours and generally busy life of a doctor, the divorce rate for them is lower than people who aren’t in the health care industry. It is even lower than lawyers and nurses.

For people who are facing the end of a marriage, these facts likely don’t bring much comfort. It does, however, show that people go through divorces and live to tell the story. If you are going through a divorce, you should ensure that you understand the process, your rights and how to get started on your new life with the best settlement possible.

Source: The Washington Post, “Divorce among doctors isn’t as common as you think, study finds” Elahe Izadi, Feb. 19, 2015