7 Life Events That Can Lead to Divorce

 – March 20, 2015  –– 

Late last month, Boston Marathon bombing survivor Rebekah Gregory made headlines with the sad news that she was separating from her husband—who was also injured in the blast—less than one year after their dream wedding. Without knowing the couple, it’s probably safe to say that the stresses of the last few years may have played a role. And while not everyone has to deal with things this catastrophic, most couples do face plenty of stressors and life changes, both big and small. We asked Elizabeth Ochoa, PhD, marriage counselor and chief psychologist at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York City, to weigh in on life events that can sometimes lead to divorce—and how to protect your relationship from their harmful effects. “Illnesses create debt and pain and loss of self,” says Ochoa. “It can mean one partner isn’t able to maintain his or her part of the deal, which requires the other partner to step it up. Some couples will be better at dealing with that than others.”

- Elizabeth Ochoa, PhD, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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