In a world where Tinder, Grinder, Match.com and eHarmony are the biggest matchmakers, meeting someone traditionally is almost a thing of the past. However, statistics show that married couples who met online are three times more likely to divorce than those who met face-to-face. Also, new figures from Michigan State University in the US suggest that online daters are also 28% more likely to split from their partners within the first year of marriage. Another study of over 4,000 couples found that relationships were far more stable if couples met in traditional ways such as introductions by friends or through work, hobbies or socialising.
Aside from increasing the likelihood of divorce, online dating may also have ramifications during the course of divorce proceedings given that parties may rely on information that was posted online.
According to a recent survey of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 59% of respondents said they have seen an increase in the number of divorce cases using evidence taken from dating websites during the past three years. 64% of respondents have seen evidence taken specifically from Match.com. Of the type of information being taken from these sites for divorce cases, 57% of lawyers have seen relationship status used, followed by salary and occupation at 15% and parental status at 7%.
This is one of the many reasons lawyers have always strongly advised clients to stay off dating websites and social media in general until the divorce is concluded. Volunteering personal information about yourself online during one of the most emotionally vulnerable periods of your life is just not a good idea and can have serious and unintended consequences.