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Why the Divorce Rate is Higher Among Sick Wives than Ill Husbands

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The vows for marriage typically include staying together “in sickness and in health.” However, according to recent research, if the wife is the one who is ill, the bond might not be as strong. Sickness and disease can be hard on any relationship, and sometimes unfortunate health situations end in divorce. Among the important matters to address in this situation is how retirement assets are divided

Serious Illness and Divorce

When one spouse is severely ill, it can cause a strain on the marriage due to many reasons, including financial drain, or the inability of a spouse to act as a caregiver or take on all household duties. Not everyone is emotionally able to endure the extreme difficulties that can accompany serious illnesses like cancer or Alzheimer's disease, which accounts for up to 80 percent of dementia cases.

A recent study from The Journal of Health and Social Behavior determined only instances of a wife’s major illness are associated with a greater likelihood of divorce when compared to a husband’s. When a wife has serious health problems, she is much more likely to get divorced than if a husband endures a traumatic illness. 

There are some societal factors that likely contribute to this. While gender roles have evolved over the past few decades, women remain more likely to provide spousal care during sickness than men. Traditionally, women shoulder more of the household work and parenting burden. When those benefits disappear when a wife is sick, some spouses may be tempted to leave and find someone else who can fulfill those duties. Women also often have more of an extended network of friends and family to depend on when sick, while some males rely solely on their wives. 

Contact a St. Charles Divorce Attorney

If you believe your spouse is going to leave you because of your illness, do not wait for them to take action. It is important to protect your assets and financial future. The Law Offices of Benedict Schwarz, II PC will fight for you every step of the way as we aggressively pursue the divorce agreement you need. To learn how our Kane County divorce lawyers can help you today, call us at 847-428-7725 to set up a free initial consultation. 

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26315504

https://www.alz.org/alzheimers-dementia/what-is-alzheimers

 

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