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Study says couples over 50 more likely to divorce during illness

The Huffington Post's divorce section recently discussed the results of a study indicating that more couples over the age of 50 are divorcing due to illness. According to the Huffington Post, the study examined 2,701 over 50 couples. Researchers wanted to find out if major illnesses could influence marital outcomes. The study reveals that illness does matter, but only when it is the wife who becomes sick.

Interestingly, the findings of the study do not seem to indicate why a wife's illness is a factor in divorce between older individuals. Nor do the findings point out which spouse initiated divorce proceedings. The study seems to reveal only the pattern itself rather than providing the details of why such a pattern exists.

In truth, it is difficult to say if the wives' illnesses actually caused the divorces looked at in the study. The 50s are often a time of personal change for many with or without a major illness. Further, an illness could serve as a catalyst for this change, leading one spouse or the other to make significant alterations in lifestyle. Despite the results, one married study author said she is not worried about divorcing.

People do not always know why a divorce suddenly appears on their horizons, but one thing remains important in spite of the cause of divorce. All divorcing spouses need to focus on making sure they have the legal protection they need during divorce, regardless of their ages. This is true in the Manhattan area as much as anywhere else and may be particularly important for parties with a high net worth.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Couples Over 50 Are More Likely To Divorce When The Wife Gets Sick, Study Suggests" Rebecca Adams, Mar. 05, 2015

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