Many couples in New York say, "I do," with the intention of weathering the difficult times side by side. There may be a multitude of issues through which couples can trek without a hitch, but a recent study indicated that there might be some problems that people simply are not able to overcome and instead decide to divorce. Namely, what happens when a spouse gets sick?
Exactly who gets sick and when is important to consider when asking a question such as this. For instance, is a wife being diagnosed with a serious illness more likely to lead to divorce than a sick husband? A study focused on couples aged 51 and older overwhelming says, "yes."
So why is that? Researchers narrowed the study down to a few different factors, including satisfaction with care. Healthy spouses typically become the main caregiver, and wives in the 20-year-long study rated a lower overall satisfaction with the care that they received from their husbands. Taking over responsibilities that were once split between two people can also place additional strain on a marriage.
Of course, the results of this study do not necessarily mean that a couple will divorce the moment that one party is diagnosed with a serious illness, but there is an increased risk. Whether a couple chose to marry later in life or have already weathered decades together, the prospect of late-in-life diseases may pose unforeseen complications. If New York couples chose to forego a prenuptial agreement but, in the wake of this study's results, feel as though some type of marital contract may be beneficial, it is still possible to discuss and enter into a post-marital agreement that may provide protection should health concerns eventually lead to divorce.
Source: news.iastate.edu, "Marriage more likely to end in divorce when wives get sick, according to ISU study", March 4, 2015