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Should I Divorce My Terminally Ill Spouse?

| Sep 12, 2019 | Elder Law

While catching up on recent news, I came across this advice column about a man’s decision to divorce his terminally ill wife.  It made me very sad for the couple.  It also reminded me that many people might believe this is their only resort when a spouse is facing devastating illness that requires long-term care.  The husband must have felt he had no other recourse.  He did what he thought was best for both himself and his wife.  During my career as an elder law attorney, I can count on one hand the number of times I have suggested divorce as a solution to a couple when one of them is facing long-term care.  I want people to know there ARE other options.