Divorce leaves an indelible mark on your finances, your social life, and your mental health — but did you know that it can also affect your physical health?

While the physical impact of divorce is largely attributed to increased stress, it can spell big trouble for your health on both a short and long-term basis — as evidenced by multiple studies. A few of the most alarming effects are outlined below:

Increased Risk of Heart Attack

Divorce can greatly harm your heart health, particularly if you’re already prone to cardiac issues — or if you’re female. A study conducted by Duke University reveals that men face a notably increased risk of heart attack after two or more divorces, whereas women are more likely to suffer a heart attack after just one divorce.


It’s no secret that sleepless nights accompany relationship problems, but an alarming University of Arizona study published in the journal Health Psychology suggests that insomnia may continue long after your divorce has been finalized. This inability to fall and stay asleep may prompt a significant spike in blood pressure, which, in turn, could lead to issues with heart health.

Weaker Immune System

Not only does divorce leave you vulnerable to heart problems, it may also compromise your body’s ability to fight off disease. Unfortunately, immune system issues don’t just exist for the adults involved in divorce; a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences indicates that the children of divorce are more vulnerable to illness and infection.

Most of the issues outlined above are closely related to stress. With proper legal assistance, you can keep divorce-related stress — and associated health conditions — to a minimum. Let the Brown Law Offices ease the burden of divorce; reach out today to learn more about your legal options.

Photo of Cynthia J. Brown Cynthia J. Brown

“Some lawyers play a lot of games. That’s not my approach. There is a lot of gray area in the law, but I try to keep things relatively straightforward for my clients. That way, we can all focus on what’s really important: getting…

“Some lawyers play a lot of games. That’s not my approach. There is a lot of gray area in the law, but I try to keep things relatively straightforward for my clients. That way, we can all focus on what’s really important: getting matters settled fairly and cost-effectively. We’re certainly ready to litigate, but favor empowering clients to control the outcome of their case.”

Cynthia is a founding partner with the Brown Law Offices, P.A. She is a graduate of the University of South Dakota and William Mitchell College of Law. She publishes extensively on divorce and family law issues.

Cynthia Brown was admitted to practice in 1998. After graduating from law school, Cynthia served as the law clerk to the Honorable Timothy R. Bloomquist, retired Chief Judge of Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District. Upon completing her clerkship, Cynthia practiced family law with a well-known firm in Cambridge, Minnesota. She founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A., in 2003.

Early in her career, Cynthia served as a prosecutor and public defender. In the last decade, however, Cynthia’s practice has focused primarily on family law. She has handled a wide variety of matters throughout the Twin Cities, and greater Minnesota, including divorce, custody, child support, alimony, paternity, step-parent adoption, harassment and grandparent rights.

Cynthia publishes extensively on divorce and family law issues. She is a contributing author to the Family Law Forum, the quarterly publication of the Family Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association. Cynthia also writes a bi-monthly family law column for the Minnesota Lawyer newspaper, and monthly articles for Divorce Magazine.

Cynthia obtained her Bachelor’s Degree, magna cum laude, from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, and her Juris Doctorate from the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul.

Cynthia founded the Amigos de Guatemala Foundation in 2007. She is a former Board Member and President of the Foundation, which provided educational, health and financial resources to underprivileged Guatemalan citizens. Her interest in serving the impoverished began with a medical mission trip to Honduras in 1994.

When she is not practicing law, Cynthia enjoys scrap-booking, soap-making, beading and spending time with family. She and her husband, Jason, also an attorney, have two children.