Although love and devotion are the roots of the impulse to marry, the act of joining two people in matrimony is a contract with legal implications. There are a variety of reasons that married people may have had enough of the institution or their partners in it, and some of them don’t have anything to do with problems in the relationship.
Medicaid, the federal health insurance program for low-income Americans, generally applies to people based on their income level per month. For example, Michigan will generally extend coverage under Medicaid to unmarried people with less than $2,300 per month in income and less than $2,000 in assets. The situation is different for married people.
There are separate limits for married couples, and some people who rely on Medicaid are considering divorce to remove themselves from spouses with income that fluctuated. The reason is monthly calculations may mean someone is no longer eligible for Medicaid but cannot hope to afford out-of-pocket medical costs.
The last decade has seen nearly twice the rate of divorce among disabled people as others. Many people with chronic medical or physical conditions have to consider the expenses connected to their conditions and work with their families to come up with the right situation.
People considering separation or divorce for any reason should discuss the matter with their legal counsel. An attorney can be an invaluable resource even when there is no real conflict with a spouse. Legal representation ensures that the reason for a divorce application is represented in the proceedings or papers filed by the parties.