This is really heartbreaking…
Couples getting divorced isn’t (sadly) really a shocker these days, after all, 40-50 percent of married couples in the United States divorce, according to the American Psychological Association.
But what is a little confusing is why a happily married couple would consider divorce.
Meet Jake and Maria Grey, a very happy husband and wife who have been married for nine years. They live in Texas with their two daughters, 2-year-old Fairen and 6-year-old Brighton. Brighton was born with a rare genetic disorder that affects different parts of the body called Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome.
Maria and Jake of Sanger, Texas said that will do whatever they can to make sure that their daughter will get all the medical care that she needs, even considering to file for divorce.
The Greys consider their responsibility of caring for Brighton as a blessing, but when the financial stress hits, it is difficult for them to adjust.
Although the couple admits they love each other more today than they did when they first met, divorce is the only thing that makes financial sense for them.
“You know, when you have a newborn, everything gets really stressful. You really have to adapt to someone needing you 24/7, all the time,” Maria stated to the source. “We’ve had a newborn for six-and-a-half years.”
The $15,000 annual expenditure on her treatment is something they pay out of their own pocket and is 30% more than their annual income.
The source informed that Jake makes around $40,000 a year as an army veteran, so they don’t qualify for Medicaid. They can receive state assistance but there are thousands of people already on the waiting list, with some people waiting for up to 14 years.
So to qualify for the Medicaid, the couple are planning to get a divorce so that Maria can apply as a single, jobless mother of two.
“It would just be to get a divorce. It would be to not be together to get our child what we need,” Maria explained.
Meanwhile, Jake added, “We’ve just struggled and struggled with it, and now we’ve gotten to the point, where we feel it’s a real possibility.”
The Greys don’t wish their situation on anyone and are still hoping for another solution to come their way.
“For someone to kind of make you choose between your marriage and your child is just — it’s just a really weird spot to be in,” Jake said, adding that, “I can’t imagine going through what we’ve been through with anybody else.”
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