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Emotional & Physical Costs of Divorce

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As sobering as the financial reality of divorce is, it is far less damaging than the emotional and physical costs of divorce. Over the past several years, much has been reported and discussed on the emotional effects of divorce. Most of us are aware of the negative impact of stress and depression on attitude and behavior that can cost us jobs, friendships and much more. What isn’t as obvious are the long-term physical consequences divorce can have.

The Long-Lasting Effects Of Divorce

According to research done at John Hopkins University through the National Institute on Aging, divorce can leave long-lasting effects on mental and physical health that even remarriage might not repair. They found that divorced people have 20% more chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer than married people do.

The same study found a 23% increase in divorced individuals who have mobility limitations, such as trouble climbing stairs or walking a block. For years, research has shown that being married increases life expectancy. We now have research that indicates the quality of life for married people is increased as well.

While it’s nearly impossible to calculate all of the costs associated with divorce, anyone who has witnessed what happens in divorce knows that it undermines and devalues the very things that give us a sense of security, significance, and well-being in our lives.

Before you decide you can afford a divorce, take into account that money is not the only price you could pay—the emotional and physical costs of divorce are much higher.

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