Higher Divorce Risk if Wife Gets Ill?

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Posted: Monday, May 5, 2014 10:22 am

A New study shows the risk of divorce among older couples rises when the wife becomes seriously ill.

For the study, researchers examined how the onset of cancer, health problems, lung disease, and stroke affected marriages. They analyzed 20 years of data on more than 2,700 marriages.

The results showed 31 percent of marriages ended in divorce over the period studied. Also, the incidence of new chronic illness onset increased over time, with more husbands than wives developing serious health problems.

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