Do certain professions have a higher divorce rate than others?

There are many factors that lead a couple in Kentucky to decide to divorce. Personality differences can be highlighted and disputes can arise in the best of circumstances, and in times of stress they can be the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back. But does a person's occupation have anything to do with their likelihood to divorce?

One new study took a look at doctors and whether they were more likely to divorce than people in other professions. This information is especially pertinent to couples that are in a highly paid profession, and are now undergoing a high asset divorce. The study examined census data from 2008 through 2013 from over 48,800 doctors, over 13,800 pharmacists, over 10,000 dentists, over 18,900 health care executives, over 159,000 nurses and over 6,000,000 non-healthcare workers.

The research suggested that physicians actually had the low probability of those studied of eventually getting a divorce. Of those studied, approximately 24 percent of physicians were divorced. This is compared to approximately 35 percent of people not employed in the health care industry, approximately 27 percent of attorneys and approximately 33 percent of executives in the health care industry.

That being said, the study did show that the divorce rate was higher for female physicians than male physicians. This may be due to the number of hours worked per week.

So while having a stressful job with long hours can have a toll on one's marriage, it need not be the main factor or even any factor in a couple's decision to divorce. Deciding to end a marriage is a complicated decision, and not one that most couples make lightly. Burnout from work can be stressful for both spouses, but it doesn't necessarily signal that divorce is on the horizon.