The risk of divorce varies among health care professionals

Many couples get divorced every year in Missouri. Does your profession play a role in your risk for divorce? Some researchers believe it may, at least if you work in the medical field.

Despite previous beliefs that doctors had a higher risk for divorce, a new study is proving that theory wrong. The study found that in the medical community, doctors are less likely to get divorced compared to other health care workers.

Researchers said that doctors have a lower divorce rate than other health care professionals after reviewing surveys of doctors, pharmacists, nurses, dentists and health care executives between 2008 and 2013.

The health care workers with the lowest percent of divorce were pharmacists, followed by doctors at 24 percent. The percentage of health care workers with the lowest to highest divorce rate was pharmacists, doctors, dentists, health care executives and nurses with the highest.

One interesting finding was that the divorce rate varied between male and female doctors. Female doctors who worked more than 40 hours a week had a higher rate of divorce compared to females who did not work more than a 40 hour work week. The opposite was true among male doctors.

Even though the rate of divorce is lower than expected for doctors, all health care professionals should be aware of the ways divorce can impact their finances and future goals.

Property and asset division is a big issue in many divorce cases. Doctors and other health care professionals work hard to achieve their professional goals, and it can be difficult to think about splitting your hard earned wealth or property.

To protect your best interests, it is best to work with a skilled divorce lawyer who can walk you through the process and who will be there every step of the way.

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