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Can job issues lead to divorce?

On Behalf of | Jul 9, 2024 | Divorce

It is frequently believed that it is best to keep work and home life separate. When the two mix, relationships could face issues. Sometimes work experiences and home life will mix, creating issues for couples.

If a job issue starts to affect a marriage, it could lead to divorce. Here is how:

Overworking and burnout

Many people work more than 40 hours a week, sometimes working two or three jobs at a time. This kind of life often means a person is waking up early and coming home late. This much work could cause a spouse to experience burnout, which may have them less engaged in a relationship. This lack of engagement could put stress on a marriage. 

Effects of long-term unemployment

If a spouse is not able to find a job and continues to face unemployment for a long time, it can cause a family to face financial struggles. The other spouse may become stressed as they become more responsible for financially supporting the family. This kind of stress may impact a couple’s relationship. 

Job bouncing

A spouse may have a habit of staying at a job for only a short amount of time before finding a new one. This uncertainty and spontaneity may be difficult for a spouse who is looking for a calmer lifestyle. 

Work wife or husband

A spouse may have a work “wife” or “husband.” This does not mean that they work with their legally married spouse. This is a new trend that involves a coworker who has a strong, platonic bond with another coworker, who may be married. If this dynamic escalates and becomes intimate, then it could severely harm a marriage. 

Work and marriage is a difficult balance. It does not work for everyone. Legal help is available for people who want to learn about their divorce options. 


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