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Family law: The link between divorce and health

A marital breakdown can be difficult in the best of circumstances and many people facing divorce may be impacted by this life-altering happening in a number of ways. Thankfully, British Columbia residents have family law tools at their disposal to help them through what may be one of the most trying times in their lives. A new study has found that those going through a divorce may be impacted healthwise.

The study showed that the more content and happy people were with their lives, the likelier they were to take care of themselves. On the other hand, the stressors of divorce may have the opposite effect and could lead people to more unhealthy habits like smoking and having a sedentary lifestyle. The study suggested that divorced individuals were more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviours since they no longer had partners to hold them accountable for their health choices.

Divorce can touch nearly every aspect of life – from finances to sleep patterns. These changes can be distressing, but needn't be. Experts suggest people going through a divorce should seek out others in the same circumstance by way of support groups which have been known to help combat depression.

A lawyer experienced in British Columbia family law may be able to help a client move through the divorce process more seamlessly and hence, with less angst. A lawyer may not only be able to help ensure that a divorce adheres to provincial and federal laws, but may also be able to help a client with issues that accompany divorce such as support and child custody. When people know things are moving forward smoothly legally, they may be in better frames of mind to take care of themselves physically and emotionally which is a positive step throughout the divorce process. 

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