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Chronic illness can be a factor in divorce

Married couples may face numerous challenges during their marriage, and most couples survive them with the marriage intact. However, research shows that when one of the spouses is diagnosed with a chronic illness, many of those marriages end in divorce. Medical concerns bring their own set of challenges to a marriage; if you or your spouse is facing a serious health-related issue, the experienced Wisconsin family law attorneys at Bandle & Zaeske, LLP in Milwaukee can help you navigate the path ahead.

When faced with chronic illness, most couples divorce

Studies show that more than 75 percent of marriages end in divorce when one spouse is suffering a chronic illness. And the risk for divorce increases among older couples when the wife becomes ill. But only when the wife becomes ill — not when it is the husband. All marital relationships are unique and the circumstances surrounding chronic illness and divorce are personal as well. However, studies suggest that the role of the caregiver — and the challenges inherent in that role – are a major contributing factor to the dissolution of the marriage. And while three-quarters of the marriages failed in this situation, research does not provide insight into which spouse initiated the divorce.

Grounds for divorce in Wisconsin

In the state of Wisconsin — a “no fault” divorce state — couples cannot legally place blame on the other spouse for the marriage failing, nor do they have to give a specific reason or provide evidence as to why they want a divorce. If either spouse deems the marriage irreparable, or if the couple has been separated for at least 12 months, then they can file for divorce. The state of Wisconsin does require that at least one spouse is a resident of the state for a period of six months prior to filing for a divorce. However, any contributing factors in the divorce, such as a medical illness, spousal infidelity, or financial pressures, are not considered by the Wisconsin courts in issuing a divorce order. The issue of fault may affect other aspects of the divorce, such as issues concerning minor children. However, fault will not be considered by the court when determining division of property or debt, except in very specific circumstances.

Compassionate counsel every step of the way

Filing for divorce is an emotional process. If you or your spouse is facing a chronic illness, the dissolution of your marriage can be even more difficult. You may be wondering what the future holds in terms of care and finances. Let us help. At Bandle & Zaeske, LLP our experienced Milwaukee family law attorneys are compassionate, skilled, and knowledgeable in all areas of divorce law. We understand how painful this process can be and we are by your side every step of the way, advocating on your behalf. Contact a member of our team today at 414-359-1424 or online to schedule a confidential consultation to discuss your situation.