Nevada health care professionals, including doctors, may be surprised to learn that, statistically, their marriages have a better chance of lasting than those of the general U.S. population, according to a recent study. These results challenge conventional wisdom about marrying a doctor, which contends that doctors are likely to divorce because of their long work hours and job stress. A five-year study conducted from 2008 to 2013 asked more than 40,000 doctors and 200,000 health care providers about their marriages.
The results indicated that pharmacists had the lowest divorce rate at 23 percent; physicians had the next lowest at 24 percent; dentists had a 25 percent divorce rate; health care executives had the second highest rate at 31 percent; and nurses divorced at a rate of 33 percent. In the general American population, 35 percent of all people surveyed had been divorced.
The findings of the divorce study also revealed sharp differences regarding male and female doctors. Male physicians who worked over 40 hours a week were actually less likely to be divorced than those who worked less. On the other hand, female physicians who worked less than 40 hours a week were less likely to be divorced than women who worked longer hours, and female doctors were 1.5 times more likely to be divorced than their male counterparts. The lead author of the study offers a hypothesis that female doctors may have to make greater personal sacrifices for their careers, resulting in greater marital stress.
An attorney counseling a client on the divorce process may begin by focusing on issues like child and spousal support, visitation schedules and equitable division of property so that the client can work through the complicated emotions divorce may arouse. Once the details have been finalized, the attorney might advance a divorce settlement for the other spouse to review. If the settlement succeeds, the attorney could then present the agreement to a judge for final approval.
Source: U.S. News & World Report, "Doctors Less Likely to Divorce, Study Finds," Robert Preidt, Feb. 19, 2015