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Meeting Your Spouse Online

August 30th, 2013 at 10:11 am

Meeting your spouse online could have a positive impact on your relationship over the long run, according to a recent research study. With an increased interest in online dating, it’s estimated that more than 30% of U.S. marriages begin with an email. Popular online dating site eHarmony conducted the recent study of U.S. couples, using a sample of 20,000 individuals who were married between the year 2003 and 2012.

LauraThe study tracked what happened to those couples post-marriage, finding that 8% of those couples who met in traditional ways ended up separated or divorced, while only 6% of online couples terminated their marriage.

The study revealed some other noteworthy factors about who is using online dating and succeeding with it. More than 40% of individuals making more than $100,000 were using online sites in an attempt to meet Mr. or Mrs. Right. Higher levels of income have long been related to happier marriages and fewer divorces over the long run.  Marriages that started with an online dating site also tended to be happier than other unions.

Of course, online dating is still relatively new, so long-term research about the success of marriages that begin with online communication is lacking. Some experts are critical, arguing that there’s simply not enough data in the field to make bold statements about online dating sites. Part of the story may be told by the fact that people might be willing to open up more online, or that online daters are more critical when choosing who to communicate with. In this way, it’s possible that online love-seekers are weeding out less ideal partners early on in the process, focusing their search on those partners who are marriage material.

Divorce can and does still happen, even in marriages springing from online relationships. If you’re considering divorce, talking your options over with an experienced divorce lawyer could help you understand the next steps and determine if you’re ready to move forward. Contact an attorney today.