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New York divorce and doctors

New York doctors may be interested in a study that found that physicians had a divorce rate of 24 percent, making them less likely to be divorced than other health care providers, such as nurses and health care executives. Only pharmacists reported a lower divorce rate. Even nurses and executives, who had the highest divorce rates among health care providers at 33 percent and 31 percent, respectively, were less likely to be divorced than workers outside the health field. This group had a divorce rate of 35 percent, according to the study.

These findings argue against the conventional belief that doctors are less likely to maintain a marriage because of long work hours and job stress. The study also found that female doctors were roughly 1.5 times more likely to have been divorced than their male colleagues, and female doctors working more than 40 hours a week were more likely to be divorced than those who worked less than 40 hours a week. The study's findings indicated that the opposite trends were true for male physicians.

According to the study's authors, further research is necessary to support the initial data and the hypothesis that work-life balance may be a vital factor. Other underlying relationship dynamics need to be taken into account as well to fully understand how these trends function.

When entering divorce negotiations, an attorney may elect to begin by learning as much as possible about the parties to the marriage in an effort to achieve an amicable divorce settlement. The attorney and the client can work to ensure that a divorce is the most desirable outcome and determine what factors may influence settlement negotiations. If necessary, the attorney could argue the case in court to ensure that the client's rights and wishes are upheld.

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

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