What The Experts Say
Many different studies have attempted to explore the elements and factors that could increase your chances of getting a divorce. Many people stand up and state in their vows on their wedding day that they plan, that they intend, to support one another in sickness and health, but unfortunately, this does not always unfold with that promise being upheld in reality.
A new study has identified the circumstances under which a couple is more likely to divorce when sickness has impacted their relationship. The growing body of research indicates that a serious illness could heighten a couple’s chances for divorce but only if it is the wife who gets sick. A 2015 study, published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, identified that only measures of a life onset of illness is associated with an elevated risk of divorce.
Multiple clinical studies have also found that women who are diagnosed with cancer are at a heightened risk of divorce. The most recent study exploring the subject was published by researchers at Perdue University and Iowa State University. They explored how health problems, such as lung disease, cancer, heart problems, and stroke impacted more than 2,700 marriages.
While illness or a hardship could help strengthen your bond, unfortunately, this is not always the case. For some people, sickness is a barrier too difficult to overcome in their relationship.
Has Illness Affected Your Marriage?
They identified that heart problems and stroke issues increased a woman’s risk of divorce more than lung disease or cancer, but the same findings were not true for men. If you have recently been diagnosed with a serious illness and feel that it has affected your marriage and brought out issues that have caused you to question whether or not you should stay together with this partner, it may be time to schedule a consultation with a lawyer who can sit down and walk you through the differences between separation and divorce.
The sooner that you speak to a lawyer, the easier it will be to figure out what’s right for you and to move forward in a path that’s right for you.