When couples exchange marital vows, they often promise to stay with one another “in sickness and in health.” However, when one spouse is experiencing a health crisis, this can put a strain on the marriage. If you’re a Connecticut resident, here are some things you should know about medical crises as it pertains to family law.
Illness and marriage
When one spouse becomes ill, the situation could bring the couple together since they learn to depend on one another more and do away with petty issues in the relationship. However, if the couple was already having relationship troubles and even considering divorce or separation before the illness, they may want to visit a family law court to make financial arrangements. A legal separation or divorce decree can clearly outline how the ill spouse will be cared for even if the marriage ends.
Researchers at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance found that women who become ill are six times more likely to experience separation or divorce than men who receive a serious medical diagnosis. Doctors believe this may be due to the fact that while men are often prepared to be providers for their families, they are not often equipped to serve as caregivers. Unfortunately, many women find themselves in a family law court to determine spousal support terms after experiencing illness.
Women are often seen as the caretakers in marriages, and when women are no longer able to provide this care for their families due to illness, this can be disorienting for the entire family. Doctors often recommend medical family therapy so that everyone in the household can learn how to manage their time and emotions when the primary caretaker is ill and in need of assistance.