The results of a recent study revealed that a couple is more likely to divorce if the wife is diagnosed with a serious illness. The researchers did not look at who filed for the divorces, however. There was not a corresponding increase in divorces after men had been diagnosed with a serious illness.
Researchers from Iowa State University and Purdue University looked at data regarding the onset of serious illnesses in 2,701 marriages between the years of 1992 and 2010. The data was gathered from the Health and Retirement Study. The results demonstrated a 6 percent higher chance of divorce following the wife's diagnosis of such illnesses as cancer, lung disease, heart disease or stroke.
The study's lead author theorized that the additional financial stress placed on a marriage may lead to the increased divorce rate when a spouse is unable to work. She also indicated that women are generally less happy with care provided by their husbands, and thus they may be the people seeking the divorces. The divorces rates were higher for younger couples than they were for older ones, while the wife's serious illness diagnosis in older couples was associated with a higher rate of widowhood.
Many factors may play into the causes of the end of a marriage. Stress may cause some marriages to deteriorate to the point they are no longer salvageable. In the event a person thinks they want to file for divorce from their spouse, they may want to seek the help of a family law attorney. An attorney may assist in the preparation and filing of all of the documents necessary to begin the process. In some cases, it may be possible to negotiate a final settlement agreement that covers outstanding matters and that can be presented to the court for its approval.