Couples 50+ Are More Likely To Divorce When Wife Gets Sick

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Edrie Pfeiffer, Bankruptcy & Divorce Attorney
Posted on Mar 06, 2015

Researchers at Iowa State University looked at 2,701 couples over the age of 50 from the Health and Retirement Study, conducted between 1992 and 2010. They wanted to see if a diagnosis of cancer, heart problems, lung disease and/or stroke could potentially affect marital outcomes. And it did, but only for women: A wife's major illness was associated with a 6 percent higher probability of subsequent divorce, while a husband's illness had no effect on divorce rates whatsoever.

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