I remember when I first found out that my daughter was on the autism spectrum – I wasn’t only concerned about her future but I was also curious about how my marriage would fare. Fast forward a bit and my son was diagnosed as being on the spectrum. This wasn’t good news in the marriage department. By the time my son was diagnosed I’d read that 80% of married couples with a child with autism eventually divorced. However, a new study reveals that an autism diagnosis, by itself, does not increase divorce rates.
This is good news!
The study results were released during the International Meeting for Autism Research, in Philadelphia. This is the same place where the Clomid linked to increase in autism rates study results were also released to the public.
The data from nearly 78,000 American children was tabulated and 64% of children with autism had divorced parents and 65% of children without an autism spectrum disorder diagnosed had divorced parents. Of course these divorce numbers are still high but there is hope for married partners that have a child on the autism spectrum. The diagnosis is not a death sentence for your marriage.