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Divorce rates in various medical professions

When it comes to divorce, many people probably think that doctors have a high rate of divorce simply because of the long hours and intense schedules. That, however, isn't the case. A new study finds that doctors appear to be on the lower end of the divorce rate when compared to other medical professionals.

Interestingly, the study found that male doctors who worked fewer than 40 hours weekly were more likely to be divorced. Female doctors who worked more than 40 hours weekly were more likely to be divorced. Overall, female doctors are 1.5 times more likely to be divorced than their male counterparts of a similar age.

The study looked at 200,000 nurses, health care executives, pharmacists and dentists, and 40,000 doctors. Those who participated were given a survey to complete. All told, 24 percent of doctors, 23 percent of pharmacists and 25 percent of dentists reported being divorced. Health care executives had a divorce rate of 31 percent. Nurses topped the divorce rate with 33 percent reporting being divorced.

Even though the rate of ended marriages for nurses was on the high end of the medical professionals, it is still lower than the rate of those outside of the medical field. Approximately 35 percent of people who aren't in the medical field had been divorced.

This goes to show that finding a balance between work and life is often possible. When a marriage has moved beyond the possibility of finding that balance and divorce is inevitable, our Virginia readers should be prepared to protect their rights during the divorce process.

Source: U.S. News, "Doctors Less Likely to Divorce, Study Finds" Robert Preidt,, Feb. 19, 2015

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