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Career factors that contribute to divorce

Though couples join in matrimony hoping to have long, loving relationships, that does not always happen. While it is widely known that financial strains often result in marital troubles, people whose job's include the following factors also tend to have higher rates of divorce.


Military service is one of the main professions that experience higher levels of divorce. In part, this is due to the great amount of travel that these individuals must do. Especially when deployments keep the spouses away from each other for months at a time, the distance and lack of constant communication can take a toll.

Career stress

Career stress can affect individuals in various areas of their lives, but especially marital relationships. People spend the majority of their day at work, and if they work in high-stress environments, it is common to bring some of that stress home. Without proper relief practices, the stress can build up and individuals may take it out on the ones they love, which can lead to further issues.


Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is common among military members and people in public service professions such as law enforcement. Trauma from past situations can find its way into otherwise healthy relationships and can wreak havoc. Especially in a marriage, past trauma can cause a divide that neither party knows how to overcome.

These are just a few of the main career-related contributors to divorce. By understanding these triggers, it may be possible to reconcile with your partner. However, if that is not a viable option, you may still be able to maintain a respectful relationship with one another. Mediation can help in such efforts because it provides a common ground for both parties to share their concerns and come to an agreement on their own terms instead of leaving it up to a judge. Consider this option as you contemplate your divorce proceedings.

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