Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

When Divorce May Be the Only Cure: An Unconventional Approach to Healthcare Access for Sick Spouses

August 2018 Bar Bulletin

By James D. Stensel

When a couple says, “in sickness and health” and “’til death do us part,” they do not anticipate that a serious illness or injury could impoverish or bankrupt their family. The fact is that when a healthcare crisis does occur, there can be severe and crippling long-term financial consequences. This is especially true when the primary earner or the family’s healthcare coverage provider becomes gravely ill or injured and unable to work beyond their annual Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) protections.1This may also be true when a spouse’s prolonged physical...

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