The serious illness of wife among the older married couples raises the risk of divorce as revealed in a new study. "Married women diagnosed with a serious health condition may find themselves struggling with the impact of their disease while also experiencing the stress of divorce," Amelia Karraker, a researcher at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, said. Karraker and co-author Kenzie Latham of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis analyzed 20 years of data on 2,717 marriages from the Health and Retirement Study, conducted by the Institute for Social Research since 1992. At the time of the first interview, at least one of the partners was over the age of 50. The researchers examined how the onset of four serious physical illnesses-cancer, heart problems, lung disease and stroke-affected marriages. They found that, overall, 31 percent of marriages ended in divorce over the period studied. The incidence of new chronic illness onset increased over time as well, with more husbands than wives developing serious health problems. "We found that women are doubly vulnerable to marital dissolution in the face of illness," Karraker said. "They are more likely to be widowed, and if they are the ones who become ill, they are more likely to get divorced," she added.Source: ANI << Search Operation Began Four Hours After MH370 Went Missing Implementation Science Tools can Help Healthcare Workforce ... >> Recommended Reading Risk of Divorce Influenced by Illnesses Marriage vows made by couples to stay together in sickness and health are usually broken when the wife - but not the husband - becomes seriously ill, finds a new study. READ MORE New Algorithm may Help Divorced Couples Share Their Kids A researcher has discovered an algorithm that helps make life easy for divorced couples when it comes to sharing their kids. READ MORE Relationship Movies Help Lower Divorce Rates Discussing and watching movies about relationships was found to cut the three-year divorce rate for newlyweds in half, reveals research. READ MORE Divorce: Pros and Cons Divorce can be traumatic for children and create a sense of insecurity amongst them. Couples should realize that joined parenting is important even after divorce. READ MORE How to Save your marriage You can save your marriage - even when your partner insists on a divorce. READ MORE Is Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married? The stigma linked to staying single is gradually disappearing. More people opt to stay single and many even claim to be happier. But there are both advantages and disadvantages to staying single. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia The Essence of Yoga Fongitar (Zinc Pyrithionone) How to Reduce School Bag Weight - Simple Tips More News on: How to Save your marriageDivorce: Pros and ConsIs Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married?