Thursday, June 24, 2010

Family law's new clientele: Internet lovers

A decade after the launch of online dating services, family lawyers are starting to see the first wave of couples who met online.

Some are coming in for prenuptial agreements before marrying. Others are filing for divorce as they seek to sever a romantic knot tied online.

There are no studies determining whether relationships that begin online fare better or worse than any others on a long-term basis.

But Raoul Felder, a prominent New York divorce lawyer, contends that marriages born out of Internet romances are more likely to end in failure.

"Basically, you're dealing with two desperate people who meet each other by the printed word," he said. "There's no truth in packaging in these things. It's a sell job, and it depends on how long you use the product before you determine it's not working."
By Nora Lockwood Tooher

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