Georgia residents might be interested to learn about a study examining the relationship between divorce and illness. Researchers at Iowa State University determined that couples with a seriously ill wife were more likely to get a divorce than couples with a seriously ill husband. However, no information was available about whether it was the husband or the wife who usually initiated the divorce.
Data for the study was gathered from 2,701 married couples that were surveyed between 1992 and 2010 in the Health and Retirement Study. Researchers examined the onset of cancer, lung disease, stroke and heart problems in the marriages and then looked at whether or not the spouses divorced later on. The onset of illness in the wife was found to increase the chances of a marriage ending in divorce by 6 percent, while the onset of illness in the husband had no measureable impact on the potential for divorce.