Study: Divorce could have an effect on men's health

There's no getting around it: Divorce is a complicated process. Any major life change is going to require serious consideration and has the potential to create stress. However, couples seeking divorce may have the ability to help ease the process along based on how they approach their split. Namely, seeking the assistance of an experienced divorce mediator can help couples settle all of the critical aspects of divorce in a fair and civil environment.

The results of a recent study may alarm readers. According to the Journal of Men's Health, divorce can affect a man's physical and mental health. In fact, the study says that mortality rates among divorced or unmarried men may be up to 250 percent greater than their married counterparts.

Divorce is often portrayed as an incredibly stressful and contentious experience. If this is the case, men and women could experience detrimental health effects. At the same time, however, this does not have to be a universal experience. By agreeing to set aside certain differences and choosing divorce mediation, it may be possible to create a mutually agreeable settlement.

Researchers associated with this study also point out that it serves as a reminder to divorced men to take care of their mental and physical health after the split is completed. Even though a person might think he is working through the emotions of divorce in a positive manner, it doesn't hurt to seek professional assistance when needed.

Even though divorce is complex, completing the process and reaching a fair settlement may prove to be beneficial in the long run. Oftentimes, people decide to get divorced because they feel unhappy with their marriages. Seeking divorce mediation can be a proactive way to address this concern.

Source: Huffington Post, "Divorce Can Have Serious Impact On Men's Health, New Research Finds," Sept. 30, 2013

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