Although this is not a medical question, it is one that a physician doing genetic
counseling may be asked. The answer for a particular couple will depend on
many things: How much do they want children? How great is their risk of
genetic disease? How severe is the disease? What are their feelings about
prenatal diagnosis and abortion? The birth of a handicapped child is a strain on
any marriage and often contributes to divorce. If there are other potential
problems, such as family objections or teenage partners, then the risk of
divorce is fairly high.