Because of the long hours and stresses that come with being a doctor, it has long been speculated that doctors would have a higher rate of divorce than most couples. A new study published in a medical journal, however, suggests that the opposite is true. The findings may provide peace of mind to certain couples throughout Pennsylvania and the rest of the U.S.
The study, which was carried out between 2008 and 2013, analyzed survey results from more than 200,000 pharmacists, health care executives and dentists and more than 40,000 doctors. According to the results of the study, 33 percent of nurses, 31 percent of health care executives, 25 percent of dentists, 24 percent of doctors and 23 percent of pharmacists were divorced. Outside of the health care industry, the divorce rate is estimated to be about 35 percent.
The study also found that female doctors are approximately one-and-a-half times more likely to get divorced than male doctors. Furthermore, the data suggest that female physicians are more likely to get divorced if they work more than 40 hours in a week while the opposite is true of male doctors. While this information may be interesting to many, the researchers pointed out that more work is required to better interpret the results of the study.
Despite the revaluations of this new study, many health care professionals still find it necessary to end their marriages. Although divorces can be very complicated and stressful, many options can be pursued in order to simplify the process, including mediation, collaborative divorce, no-fault divorce and uncontested divorce. Since family law is difficult for many people to understand, many individuals might choose to hire a legal professional who might be able to provide assistance with subjects such as spousal support, asset distribution and child-related issues.