Is Your Profession Poisoning Your Marriage?

 Posted on May 06, 2016 in Family Law

Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family law attorneyIt has become the most relevant topic of divorce in the U.S.: our national divorce rate. Source after source cite that our national divorce rate runs as high as 50 percent for all marriages today, but some disagreeing scholars assign a lower rate of between 42 to 45 percent. No matter the actual rate, the national divorce rate is relatively higher than what perhaps proponents of marriage would like to see but for those in various professions, the experts have even less than positive projections.

Relying on divorce data and job related stress variants, USA Today recently compiled a list of the top five professions that lack a favorable work-love life balance. To see if your current profession places you and your spouse at risk, review the report’s top five divorce producing contenders.

Gaming Professional

Amidst the 24/7/365 party atmosphere of today’s modern casinos, gaming personnel often find themselves working irregular hours, often including holidays and weekends. Aside from the hazards of these tumultuous hours, gaming professionals are exposed to alcohol and gambling on a daily basis, often wreaking havoc on an already unstable marriage. Based upon data derived from the 2010 Census Bureau report, gaming professionals can experience an exceptionally high divorce rate of 34.7 percent.

Massage Therapist

Coming in at number two on the top five list, pursuing massage therapy as a profession can often awake the green eyed monster by introducing jealousy into the mix. According to the 2010 Census data, the divorce rate for this professional is extremely high at an unfavorable rate of 38.2 percent. Partners tend to worry about the intimacy implications this profession can arouse and often respond with suspicion, rage and humiliation.

Wait Staff or Bartender

As similar to the gaming professional, this area provides expectations of a party atmosphere whereas the job description encompasses ensuring the patrons have an exciting evening out on the town. While keeping the party going with only an estimate of what time they may arrive home from their shift, the Census data lists this profession’s divorce rate at approximately 38.4 percent. Another downside, wait staff and bartenders rely heavily on tips as their primary source of income which can also place an additional strain on the relationship.

Performance Professionals

Being famous in any profession, such as an athlete or entertainer may come at a cost, especially in a personal relationship. Divorce statistics for this classification of U.S. workers ranges from 28.5 to 43.1 percent. Living life in the public eye, extensive travel and the heightened level of attention can sometimes throw a monkey wrench into the marriages involved. Surprisingly, dancers and choreographers experience the highest rate of divorce within this category.

Stressful Career Choices

As per a 2015 Forbes’ ranking, those opting for the following high stress and dangerous professions can also induce marital discord. Often accompanied by relentless hours, those seeking careers in the military, law enforcement, first response teams, and aviation, as well as those functioning as an event coordinator, senior corporate or public relations executive, newspaper reporter and taxi driver do not fare well either. These professionals typically experience divorce rates higher than the norm and statistical data supports that not only is the stress level elevated for the individual, but the stress often floods into the marriage as well.

If your marriage has crumbled under the pressure of a spouse’s high profile profession and you are considering divorce, the experienced Hinsdale divorce attorneys of the Law Office of Martoccio & Martoccio would like to help. Serving clients throughout DuPage, Cook, Kane, Kendall and Will Counties for 35 years, our legal team has established a strong reputation for serving our clients with diligence and integrity. Contact our office today at 630-920-8855 to schedule your free initial consultation.


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