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Monday, May 31, 2010

Parents with Autistic Children Not Likelier to Divorce

There have been many suggestions over the years that parents with autistic children were more likely to divorce, perhaps due to an added strain on the marriage.  However, new research reports that 64% of children with an autism spectrum disorder have married parents, compared with 65% of children without the condition.  Read more here.


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I can see how having a child with autism can put stress on a marriage, but believe that difficulties such as this can also make a marriage stronger. You have to work together to make things as easy as possible and support each other in times of stress. I think ultimately is comes down to how strong the marriage was to begin with. If it was weak then the couple may easily give up if they are in this situation, whereas if it was strong they will usually find a way to make it work.

Posted by: Family Law | Jun 10, 2010 7:42:29 AM

I really agree with the above said comment.. Working together makes things a lot easier and also strengthens the relationship.

Posted by: Autism | Jun 18, 2010 10:27:52 PM

We have neighbors who have an autistic child and we marvel at how well their marriage works. They not only take the time to spend with both children and appropriate activities, but they still take the time to have a "date night" twice a month without the children. Autistic child or not, I would like to see more married couples invest time into not only their jobs and families, but the marriage itself.

Posted by: Fix Marriage | Jun 21, 2010 9:04:40 AM

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