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Wife's illness may make divorce more likely

Georgia couples may be interested to learn that a report released on March 6 indicated that couples are more likely to get a divorce if the wife becomes ill. However, the results of the research showed that a husband's illness did not affect the rate of divorce.

The study used data that was collected from approximately 2,700 marriages between 1992 and 2010. The researchers were particularly interested in tracking the onset of certain illnesses, such as cancer, stroke and lung disease, to determine if there was an impact on the divorce rate. The results showed that couples were 6 percent more likely to dissolve their marriage should the wife get sick than couples who did not experience an illness.

It was not determined in the study why the onset of the wife's illness resulted in a bump in divorce rates but not the onset of the husband's illness. The lead researcher suggested that divorce may be attributed to the wives may be less satisfied with the care that their husbands provide them or the increased stress husbands may feel when juggling employment and care-giving. Regardless, the researcher recommended that those who became responsible for providing full-time care to their spouse should seek therapy to potentially avoid or reduce conflicts in the relationship.

There are many reasons that one spouse may wish to seek a divorce from the other, potentially including illness. However, the dissolution of a marriage can be difficult, especially if the couple has amassed real estate and marital property throughout the length of the marriage. A family law attorney may assist with conducting any negotiations that may be needed, especially when it comes to separating financial assets or determining child custody and child support. They may also assist with the final divorce settlement.

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