US research recently published has suggested that those who get divorced are more likely to go on and have a heart attack than those who remain married.
The risk of heart attack increased for both men and women but divorced women were particularly affected being 24% more likely to have a heart attack than those who remained married.
Those who divorce multiple times are even more at risk (77% more likely for women).
Subsequent remarriage only reduced the risk modestly for women whilst men who remarried reduced their risk much more significantly.
Those who carried out the study have not been able to give a firm reason for their findings but speculated that it was as a result of the psychological distress suffered whilst going through a divorce.
At Higgins Miller we are acutely aware of the stress that our clients can suffer as a result of divorce proceedings. This is why we always try to encourage people to resolve their situation using non-court based methods such as mediation or collaborative law.