Couples in Texas might welcome the news that the divorce rate has been dropping since its peak in the 1980s. They might also be interested in knowing that certain professions, such as those of enlisted military personnel, face a higher risk of divorce in general.
Military professions earned three of the top 10 spots for highest divorce rates. These included the highest divorce rate for enlisted military supervisors, including those who are the leaders of operations and coordinate the missions for other enlisted personnel. This group has a divorce rate of 30 percent by the age of 30. Overall, people serving in the military have the highest rate of divorce by 30 at 15 percent. Military careers pose a set of challenges for married couples that can lead to divorce, including one parent serving away from the family, couples marrying too young and moving around often, financial issues and post-service, depression and other mental issues that veterans often have to deal with.
The information, which came from an analysis of U.S. Census data by Zippia, a career website, also showed that the occupations with the lowest rates included speech therapists, religious workers and dentists. Interestingly, even as the divorce rate has dropped overall from 23 divorces per 1,000 married women in 1980 to 16.9 divorces per 1,000 married women in 2016, the rate has actually more than doubled for baby boomers, with an increase of 109 percent in the past 25 years. These divorces, also called gray divorces, tend to leave the exes in more insecure financial positions than widowers or married couples.
If a person is facing a divorce, they might find the assistance of a lawyer with experience in family law helpful. The lawyer can act as a guide through the process, providing explanations about the legislation, helping the person choose the best options for them and representing them in the various negotiations for settlement.