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How jobs can cause divorce

A Massachusetts couple considering divorce might also reflect on the various causes of the situation. In some cases, employment might play a part in the issues that develop. A study from two Stockholm University researchers reveals that jobs in certain industries can be factors in the demise of a marriage.

The study, which focused on Denmark residents who had married someone from the opposite sex between 1982 and 2002 and held a job part of that time, focused on 102,453 men and 113,252 women who got divorced. After controlling for some social factors, the researchers found that men who worked in fields with a majority of same-sex co-workers tended to have lower divorce rates. The fields where more men and women reported divorces were the hotel and restaurant fields, which demanded a lot of socializing.

Further research into the study's findings are necessary, but researchers do have some theories as to why men had a higher risk of divorcing in fields dominated by women. One theory proposed that fields dominated by women are often lower paying than other fields. The financial worry of the lower-paying job might then become a factor for divorce. Another theory focused on cultural norms in that it is more socially acceptable for men to divorce and begin new relationships.

No matter the reasons for a divorce, a soon-to-be ex might benefit from hiring a lawyer with family law experience. An attorney can explain state legislation and procedures, help with preparation for the divorce process and offer representation.

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