You started down your career path when you got to college at age 18. You hadn't even met your future spouse yet. However, the choices you made and the career you chose could have a massive impact on the odds that you'll get divorced.
For instance, the divorce rate for flight attendants is 50.5 percent. That's the No. 3 spot on a recent list of jobs with the highest divorce rates. You can imagine how having a life with so much travel and so little family time can make it hard for a relationship to stay strong.
In the No. 2 spot on the list are bartenders. Their divorce rate is 52.7 percent. Part of the reason could be the late hours. It makes it hard for people to spend time together when one person works a day job and the other person works until 2:00 a.m.
Nurses also have a high divorce rate, coming in at 47 percent. That's No. 14 on the list. Nurses often have to work long shifts and late hours in a stress-filled environment. All of those things can impact their home life and the strength of their personal relationships. Stress can wear people down over time and make it harder for them to connect with loved ones.
These are just three examples, and they do not mean that your career absolutely sets you down one path or another. But that career can impact the odds of a divorce, and you need to understand those risks. If you and your spouse do split up, it's critical to know what legal rights you have and what steps you'll need to take.