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Do non-standard work schedules lead to divorce?

On Behalf of | Jun 8, 2021 | Divorce & High Asset Divorce |

For many workers, each week means five days of working from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. However, there are those in occupations with much less standard schedules. 

For instance, truck drivers may be on the road for days or even weeks at a time. Firefighters may work 24-hour shifts where they do not go home until the following day. Hospital workers may have to work all night long, as someone has to be on duty at all times. 

Do these odd schedules make it more likely that people are going to split up? Is someone with a hectic schedule looking at greater odds of divorce?

Schedules can impact relationships, but trends aren’t always what you’d expect

It is clear that schedules can impact relationships. If you work a normal schedule and your spouse works nights, for instance, you may drift apart because you just do not realistically get to see one another all that often. 

However, some studies have suggested that this doesn’t lead to divorce. One study claimed that doctors did not have a higher divorce rate than people in other professions, for instance. 

That said, it’s important to remember that doctors in particular tend to be high earners. While their schedules could push some of them toward divorce, the lack of financial stress — a major cause of divorce — could balance this out to some degree. When looking at divorce statistics, there are typically a lot of different factors to keep in mind. 

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