According to research out of a prominent university, there could be a possible link between divorce and certain health issues that could lead to an earlier death. At this point, the relationship the researchers noted is simply a correlation and should not be used as any type of evidence for avoiding a much-needed divorce. As part of the blame for earlier death lies squarely on the shoulders of added stress, remaining in an unhappy marriage might have a similar impact. 

Unlike many other states in America, Illinois does not require what is commonly called a cooling off period. This is the period of time between serving a spouse with divorce papers and actually finalizing the divorce, a process that can take much longer than necessary. There are still several politicians and lawmakers who are pushing for these cooling off periods to be implemented in states that do not require them, but for most couples, all this time does is delay a necessary action — the finalization of a divorce — for moving on with their lives.

One common source of stress in a divorce that many Illinois couples do have to deal with is mandatory parenting classes. If a couple has children, they cannot finalize anything until they have both attended classes focused on what they have been doing every day since the birth of their first child — parenting. While there may be some additional information concerning co-parenting, most couples only find this class to be an added stressor to their divorce.

Most couples want to keep their divorce as simple and streamlined as possible, but when lawmakers pass additional mandatory processes the stress level can skyrocket. However, it is not impossible to maintain an even head and keep stress to a minimum when approaching the process. Taking things one step at a time, maintaining open lines of communication when possible and understanding your rights and assets can all help smooth out the process until a divorce is finalized.

Source:, “Easy divorce, earlier death?“, Nicole M. King, May 26, 2015