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Where you work could affect the longevity of your marriage

If you work with a lot of different people, especially those of the opposite gender, does your spouse have a right to be worried?

Maybe. According to a recently published study that looked at the interactions between opposite-sex co-workers, the greater your access to potential romantic partners, the greater the risk that your marriage will end in divorce.

That's particularly true for men. According to the study, women who work in jobs that are heavily populated by men are 10 percent more at risk of divorce than their counterparts who don't. Men in fields that are dominated by women increase their chances of divorce by 15 percent.

Researchers also discovered that while a higher education level is generally a factor that reduces the likelihood of divorce, this doesn't necessarily hold true for men in jobs that hire a lot of women. When highly educated men are surrounded by women, they're more likely to divorce than their lower-educated counterparts.

For women surrounded by men, the opposite is the case. Less-educated women in male-dominated fields are more apt to divorce than highly educated women in male-dominated fields.

Researchers were quick to point out that everything from trust issues to an individual's personality can also be a factor when it comes to the health of a marriage. Someone is more likely to stray, for example, when they're already unhappy.

If you feel that your marriage is on the brink of divorce, that's the best time to consult a family law attorney. If you wait until you are certain, you may miss a valuable opportunity to gather the information you'll need to make the process go more smoothly and favorably for you.

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