If you and your spouse in Virginia have come to the decision that you are better off separate than together, you will have many things to focus on as you untangle your joint lives. While focused on the logistics of how to divide your assets and your debts, how you might share time with any children you have together and other things, it can be all too easy to not take care of yourself and your own health.
In fact, some research has shown that divorced people might be at a greater risk of some health conditions. MarketWatch explains that a Johns Hopkins University study showed people who are no longer married have a 20% greater chance of developing conditions like diabetes, cancer or heart disease.
Another study conducted by researchers at the University of Arizona found that divorced or separated people were less satisfied with their lives in general than their married counterparts. This reduced satisfaction may be connected to a cycle that led more divorced and separated people to smoke and not to exercise. During the study period, divorced and separated people were 46% more like to die than married participants. Both smoking and a lack of physical activity were identified as potential contributors to this.
This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give separated or divorcing residents in Virginia an overview of some of the factors that may contribute to a decline in health after getting divorced so they may better protect their health going forward.