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How sickness can lead to divorce

Even though there are several factors that can stress a marriage, studies show that each stress factor can affect both parties in the marriage differently, and gender can be a big deciding factor. For instance, Virginians might be surprised to learn that when it comes to illness, men are more likely to walk out of a marriage than woman are.

Studies support this finding in several ways: Numerous clinical studies found a correlation between a woman getting diagnosed with cancer and an elevated risk in divorce. As a matter of fact, one of those studies looked at 2,701 marriages and tried to see how cardiac, respiratory, or other health problems took a toll on those marriages. The findings show that when a woman had a stroke or a coronary issue, the marriage was liable to dissolve. However, the same was not true when men got sick.

Researchers have tried to explain this discrepancy in many ways. For one thing, they have found that a marriage is more beneficial to a man's health than a woman's, which is explained by the fact that women tend to play the role of caretaker in marriage, whereas men don't always reciprocate. Another explanation is that women can find support from their friends and family if their husbands get sick, yet men are unable to find the same support they get from their wives from the outside world. Over and above, older men have an easier time remarrying than older women, which makes it easier for men to leave a marriage.

As heartbreaking as it may be for a spouse to leave their partner during a difficult time, it does happen and it is a fact of life. And, even though this research was based on older couples who followed more traditional gender roles, it is impossible to tell how new couples will react. Therefore, if anyone has been left by a significant other during a trying time, it might be a good idea to reach out to a professional lawyer who can inform them of their options and instruct them on the best legal action to take.

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