October 21

The Link Between Divorce and Chronic Illness

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When you got married, you likely vowed to stay with your spouse no matter what, but there is new research that suggests some things that can change your mind. According to a new study from the University of Michigan (via TIME online), the rate of divorce becomes higher when the wife becomes sick.

According to the study, which looked at data from 2,717 couples, the risk of divorce was highest when the wife became sick and when one of the partners was over the age of 50. Of all the marriages, 31% ended in divorce.

Couple Arguing Fight Divorce

So, what does this mean for marriage? Well, it is hard to say, but it is best to point out that it isn’t the first to find that illness has a greater impact on marriage and the risk of divorce. It seems that the stress of a chronic illness can be too much for some to handle. However, that doesn’t mean that if you fall ill your marriage will fall into shambles. Likewise, it doesn’t mean that it will stay strong.

There are plenty of things that you can do in your relationship if this is a concern of yours. The most important is to talk to your spouse about your concerns. Although it can be painful, ask the questions that you want to know when you are married. Communication is the key when it comes to these kinds of things, but don’t wait until you are faced with an illness to start communicating.

Likewise, don’t believe every report that you read and let it make you paranoid. While these reports help to shed light on some things, use their findings to help you make your relationship stronger so that if it ever does come to it, you know how you and your spouse would react to certain situations.

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