If you and your partner are separated and you’ve just hired a Manchester divorce lawyer to represent you, you’ll no doubt be thinking about the impact that splitting up will have on your life. What you may be interested to learn is that divorce doesn’t appear to have any negative effects on people’s health.

This is according to a new study from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the UCL Institute of Education, London School of Economics, which has found that middle-aged men and women who have been separated, divorced and remarried are just as healthy as those couples still in stable marriages.

“Our research shows that people born in the late 1950s who live together without marrying, or who experience separation, divorce and remarriage, have very similar levels of health in middle age to those who are married,” lead author Dr George Ploubidis said, adding that for people who have been divorced, it would appear that as long as they start another relationship their health won’t suffer over the long term.

Of course, don’t expect that going through a divorce won’t be an unsettling and emotional time for all parties involved. Taking the decision to bring a relationship to a close can be chaotic and very traumatic, especially if there are children involved. You will likely experience a range of emotions, from fear and relief to impatience, doubt and guilt.

Do not expect to emerge from divorce proceedings unscathed but know that there are plenty of people out there who are ready to help.