When you got married you likely promised to stand by each other in sickness and in health, but if you or your spouse are facing a lengthy or serious illness, could that serious illness affect the probability of divorce in California? The answer appears to be yes.
Years of research has shown that, generally speaking, married people live longer than their single or divorced counterparts – but what happens when one partner becomes seriously ill? According to recent research when a wife becomes seriously ill she has a 6% greater chance of divorcing later in life. When men become seriously ill though, they appeared to be no greater chance of divorce than if he had remained healthy. Although the researchers did not tackle all the reasons why this appears to be the case, there are some likely explanations.
So what does this mean for my marriage?
When spouses are seriously ill, especially for extended periods of time, it can cause a lot of stress on the entire family. Additionally, care giving for a spouse can be hard, stressful work. One of the best ways to counter stress in your life is to be proactive about it with total estate planning services designed to reduce the stress in your life. Additionally, estate planning services can protect important financial assets so that you can continue your lifestyle knowing that even if one spouse is unable to work for a period of time due to illness, you will not face bankruptcy.
If your spouse is ill, seek out support networks. Make sure that you have all your insurance in order, and you have taken care of important financially planning matters. That is where an experienced family law attorney can help. Attorney Steven M. Bishop is a Certified Family Law Specialist and has decades of experience helping couples in all stages of relationships. Prenuptial agreements, post-nuptial agreements, estate planning, mediation services – the Law Offices of Steven M. Bishop does it all, and does it all with skill and compassion. Call us today or visit us online to learn more about the family law services we offer.
There are no guarantees in life and even if a serious illness might increase your chances for divorce that does not mean your marriage will end if you or your spouse get sick. Proactive actions now can help alleviate stress. Get yourself prepared for any scenario in your marriage and your life with proper estate planning today.