At one time, infertility was considered grounds for divorce. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention an estimated 10 percent of the population that falls in childbearing years experiences some degree of infertility. While infertility is not technically grounds for divorce in California, it might be the cause of many divorces across the United States. If a spouse discovers their partner is infertile after the marriage, and failed to disclose their infertility prior there to, it is not grounds for a divorce, but it can be grounds for an annulment of the marriage.
Couples experiencing infertility often suffer from marital discord due to:
In-vitro fertilization and medications associated with infertility treatment can cost tens of thousands of dollars. While the rate of success of these and other invasive and non-invasive treatments does increase steadily, there is still no guarantee that the financial investment will result in a child. And while some insurance policies cover the cost of these treatments, many do not, and few cover the cost for women over the age of 40.
Many men and women struggling with the inability to have biological children feel shame, guilt and inadequacy. The frustration and resentment that might grow from years of failed attempts can lead to irreparable damage to the emotional health of a marriage.
Treatments often involve hormone and other drug therapies that can cause fatigue, nausea, headaches, mood swings, weight gain and disruption of the sleep cycle. Women undergoing IVF can suffer through multiple failed pregnancies before successfully carrying a pregnancy to term.
Although it is clear that infertility can wreak havoc on a marriage, there is no clear statistic that infertility leads to divorce.
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