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Can divorce cause health problems?

It was once thought that the end of a long-term relationship could lead to health problems for former partners. However, Missouri readers may be interested to know that new studies suggest that middle-age Americans who divorce are just as healthy as their married peers. It is possible, even likely, that divorce has a minimal impact on overall health. 

Interestingly, the data collected during the study suggested that those who divorced and remarried did not have an increased chance of respiratory issues and cardiovascular problems. It is a commonly accepted fact that those who are married have better overall health than those who are unmarried or divorced. However, this study revealed that those who divorce often revert back to their pre-divorce health status.

There are many factors that can impact overall health, including culture, financial status and genetic factors. However, external factors, such as a stressful marriage or the divorce process can also impact health. Overall, there is nothing to suggest that Missouri couples will face certain health issues or will be unable to fully recover from the end of a marriage, no matter how long the relationship lasted. 

When considering divorce, it can be useful to seek an evaluation with a knowledgeable legal professional, even before the process is initiated. This can help a couple make informed decisions throughout the potentially difficult process, even avoid costly litigation. A divorce is a difficult process, but informed individuals can avoid undue stress with the help of a legal ally. Less stress can mean a faster divorce, and a faster divorce can lead to a healthier, happier future. 

Source: Yahoo, "Divorce May Not Be So Unhealthy After All", Amy Capetta, June 12, 2015

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