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  • John C. Whitbeck, Jr.


    John C. Whitbeck, Jr. practices in the following areas of law: Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Visitation Rights, Adoptions, Spousal Support, Mediation, Arbitration, Relocation Cases, Domestic Violence, Criminal Law, DUI/DWI, Reckless Driving, All Felonies, All Misdemeanors, Juvenile Crimes, Mental Health Law, Civil and Business Litigation, Construction Litigation, Education Law, Election Law, Debt Collection, Consumer and Lemon Law.

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  • Ruth M. McElroy


    Ruth M. McElroy practices in the following areas of law: Family law, Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Visitation Rights, Adoptions, Spousal Support, Relocation Cases, Pre and Post Marital Agreements, Domestic Violence, Reckless Driving, DUI/DWI, Juvenile Crimes, Felony and Misdemeanor Crimes, Traffic Offenses, Debt Collection, Civil and Business Litigation. She serves the Virginia Court system as a Guardian ad litem.

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  • Jennifer D. Cisneros


    Jennifer D. Cisneros practices in the following areas of law: Family law, Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Visitation Rights, Adoptions, Spousal Support, Relocation Cases, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Crimes, Reckless Driving, DUI/DWI, Estate Planning, Wills and Probate, Trusts, Civil and Business Litigation and Debt Collection.

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Which Professionals are More Likely to get Divorced?


People often say that at least half of all marriages are likely to end in divorce, which is not necessarily the case. In fact, the National Center for Family and Marriage Research says the U.S. divorce rate has been on a steady decline, reaching its lowest point in almost 40 years in 2016.

While overall divorce rates may be decreasing, there are several professions that continue to demonstrate some of the highest divorce rates. Just because you or your spouse work in one of these jobs doesn’t mean your marriage is doomed for divorce, it just shows that some occupations are more prone to the likelihood of divorce in some instances.

Highest-Divorcing Professions

Some of the job positions that have higher divorce rates include:

  • Gaming managers and gaming services workers
  • Bartenders
  • Flight attendants
  • Switchboard operators and telemarketers
  • Rolling machine setters, tenders and operators, metal and plastic
  • Extruding and drawing machine setters, tenders and operators, plastic and metal
  • Extruding, pressing, forming and compacting machine setters, tenders and operators
  • Weaving machine and textile knitting operators

Why are some of these professions among the highest divorce rates? Some of these are due to work environments with late hours, alcohol, and interaction with a high number of people. Bartenders have the incentive to be very friendly since it’s a tip-based position. Some bartenders may even be flirtatious to earn extra tips, or may develop personal relationships with patrons who open up about their personal lives and visit on a regular basis.

This doesn’t necessarily mean every bartender or gaming manager cheats. Inconsistencies with schedules and late hours make it hard to maintain a relationship if you are never able to commit to plans because of work. This is certainly an issue with flight attendants.

Positions like machine operators might seem odd, but many of these positions require odd work hours and long days, making the lack of routine frustrating for some couples. Telemarketers and switchboard operators often endure stressful days with frustrated callers, while telemarketers get hung up on, cursed out, and the like.

Sometimes it can be hard to separate your work from your personal life and, after being yelled at all day, you may find it hard to be happy and bubbly when you get home to your spouse. Stress can have a negative aspect in all areas of your life and can affect your emotional and physical well-being, so it’s no surprise it can have a negative effect on your marriage as well.

So, you might be wondering what are some of the professions with the lowest divorce rates? Actuaries, certain types of scientists, clergy, software developers, and physical therapists show some of the lowest divorce rates nationwide.

Retaining a Virginia Divorce Attorney

If you have questions about divorce, or are planning on filing a divorce, it’s important to speak with a Virginia divorce attorney as soon as possible. Contact Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC at 703-997-4982 to schedule a consultation. Let one of our skilled family law attorneys answer all your divorce-related questions.




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