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Risk of divorce higher when spouse gets chronic illness

Many circumstances in life can lead to a Clinton Township couple deciding to divorce. Although divorce is usually not an easy decision, sometimes, it is best for the parties involved. However, it’s always important to understand the many aspects of divorce before making any major decisions.

Although most people hear the phrase: “in sickness and in health” uttered on their wedding day, it appears that maybe only half of that phrase is true. According to a study from researchers at the University of Michigan, when the wife gets sick a marriage is more likely to end in divorce than it is if the husband gets sick. The research also shows that 75 percent of marriages that involve some kind of chronic illness, ends in divorce.

Although men are more likely to get sick than women, the divorce rate was higher when it was the wife who got sick. Although the study showed that 31 percent of all the couples that participated ended up getting divorced, it does not explain the results. The researchers did suggest that it’s possible that men do not feel capable of caring for their sick wives as one reason they choose to end their marriage. The researchers also pointed out that it is usually the wife who asks for divorce, which could mean women feel they aren’t getting adequate care from their husbands.

This study offers some interesting insight into divorce and chronic illness. However, there are also many other reasons couples decide to divorce as well as many aspects that need to be sorted out when a couple does divorce. If you need help with any aspect of divorce, like spousal support for example, then you might want to contact an experienced family law attorney.

Source: Time, "Divorce more likely when wife falls ill," Alexandra Sifferlin, May 1, 2014.

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