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Studies examine how attractiveness can affect a relationship

When people in Texas decide to marry, there are many factors that may draw them together. For example, couples are often physically attracted to each other as a major spark for a romantic relationship. While each person has an individual sense of attraction, social standards of beauty and attractiveness may influence not only how people feel about themselves and others but also how well they function within a relationship. Some researchers have investigated how well couples with a presumed disparity in attractiveness manage in a marriage.

People who are more widely considered attractive often receive higher levels of attention on dating sites as well as in bars, clubs and other venues frequented by people seeking romantic or sexual connections. According to some researchers, most people wind up in relationships with people considered similarly attractive to themselves based on social beauty standards. Some studies found that women who say that their partners are much less attractive than them are likely to be less committed to the relationship and more open to flirtation with others. Of course, given that this research relies on self-reporting, it may simply reflect disinterest or a personal lack of attraction, both of which can contribute to unhappiness and divorce.

However, other researchers found that husbands married to wives assessed as more attractive than them by third parties were happier in their relationships. Still, other studies found that couples who were friends first were less likely to be affected by any level of attractiveness disparity.

Most of the issues that arise for married couples are more profound than others' judgments of their physical attractiveness. Irreconcilable differences can arise about parenting, financial management and many other concerns. A family law attorney can help a divorcing spouse to reach a settlement on divorce matters like property division and child custody.

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