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Certain life events can make divorce more likely

We have all heard that going through tough times with a spouse can make a marriage stronger. But going through tough times can also bring a married couple apart, relationship experts say.

That’s because major life events -- especially stressful ones -- can change the dynamic of a relationship. In some cases, the dynamic of the relationship is changed for the better, while in other cases it is changed for the worse and can contribute to divorce.

In fact, there are several stressful life events that tend to contribute to divorce, a recent article from Health explained, including:

A serious illness or health condition. When one spouse develops a serious or chronic health condition it can require the other spouse to take over some of the sick spouse’s duties. Not all couples are capable of this. Interestingly, a study from Iowa State University suggested that divorce is more likely to occur after a wife becomes ill.

A military deployment. According to a 2013 RAND Corporation study, divorce among enlisted service members is directly linked to the length of time the service members are deployed. War veterans may also have a hard time readjusting to life as civilians and may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, which can also contribute to divorce.

Having children. Any parent will tell you that raising an infant can be stressful, and sometimes this stress can have a direct correlation on marital dissatisfaction, a study published in the Journal of Family Psychology suggested. Having children can be especially hard on spouses who already suffer from depression or anxiety, another study suggested.

Children leaving the home. Some couples find that they have lost their romantic connection and have little in common after their children have left the house. Additionally, people are now living longer, healthier lives and are less willing to stay in unhappy marriages. That’s partially why divorce rate among the 50-and-older demographic is on the rise.

If you have been through any of these life events and are now thinking that a divorce may be in your future, it’s important to meet with a family law attorney who can help you plan for your future.

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