Roncone Law Offices, P.C.
Call Our Attorneys:
978-401-0825 | 877-261-4389
Menu Contact

Couples with sick wife more likely to divorce

Researchers at two leading universities have studied how illnesses affect the quality of a marriage. Information suggests yet another reason why some people are divorcing across the country, including in Massachusetts. A person's illness may jeopardize a marriage. Studies indicate that if a spouse falls ill during a marriage, it can lead to divorce. It also appears that the rate of divorce is higher for married couples if the wife is sick.

The research focused on couples who were both healthy when they married. It then measured how a severe illness affected a particular marriage. There were 2,717 marriages tracked from 1992 to 2010. Of the 2,717 healthy couples, almost half of those tracked experienced a new illness within their marriage. When it was the wife who became sick, 15 percent of those couples were more likely to divorce.

Researchers discovered that the gender of the ill person played a significant role in a divorce. The findings suggest that the likelihood of a divorce is much higher if the wife is suffering from an illness. For the older generation, especially for the husbands, there is an obligation to maintain a more socially expected profile. It may be more challenging for a husband to care for his sick wife, which could be an important factor in interpreting the divorce rate numbers. Men typically have more options to remarry healthy wives, whereas women are less likely to remarry and may become a widow after their sick husband dies.

Illness was one of the many reasons for couples to divorce. Some couples felt that divorce was the best solution to end an unhappy marriage and to separate themselves from a situation that was too difficult to handle. Regardless of the underlying reasons for a marital dissolution, help is available in Massachusetts to guide couples through difficult divorce proceedings and assist them in moving forward with their lives.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Wives Who Fall Ill Are At Greater Risk For Divorce Than Men, New Study Says", Taryn Hillin, May 1, 2014

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

What Clients and Peers Are Saying ...

"Please take my word for it, this is the attorney that you want on your side and certainly not the one that you want against you.”

Email Us For A Response

Contact Us For A Free Initial Phone Consultation

Tell us about the type of case you are faced with. We'll tell you how we can help. Call us at 877-261-4389 or send us an e-mail to speak with a Leominster and Worcester area personal injury attorney, family law, or criminal defense lawyer today.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Roncone Law Offices, P.C.

142 Main Street
Leominster, MA 01453

Toll Free: 877-261-4389
Phone: 978-401-0825
Fax: 978-840-6000
Map & Directions