Research suggests that women are more likely than men to be victims of what's known as partner abandonment. A 2009 study published found that a married woman diagnosed with a serious disease is six times more likely to be divorced or separated than a man with a similar diagnosis. Among study participants, the divorce rate was 21 percent for seriously ill women and 3 percent for seriously ill men. A control group divorced at a rate of 12 percent, suggesting that if disease makes husbands more likely to split, it makes wives more likely to stay.
Marriages more likely to end in divorce if the wife become sick