When people in Florida get into the dating scene, physical attraction may be one significant factor bringing them together. According to surveys, people are likely to approach individuals they consider up to 25 percent more attractive than themselves on most online dating sites. While people may have widely varying views on which physical traits are most beautiful or appealing, social standards of beauty play a major role in individual tastes as well as general perceptions of how well a couple is matched. Several studies aimed to determine how couples perceived to have an appearance gap were affected by the difference.

According to one study, women who perceived their partners to be much less attractive than themselves in a self-reported survey were also more likely to flirt with others and feel uncommitted to the relationship. Of course, given that these were evaluations provided by the women themselves, the answers may reflect more complex issues than a gap in attractiveness. They may indicate boredom, contempt or resentment in the relationship, all of which are likely factors to lead to divorce. Other studies found that issues also arose when partners considered less attractive became jealous or controlling of the more attractive partner.

On the other hand, a study of newlywed couples whose attractiveness was ranked by a panel of outsiders found that husbands with more attractive wives were happier and more committed to the relationship. Other researchers noted that when couples were friends prior to their romance, attractiveness differences had little effect on the relationship.

By the time people marry, they are likely to face more serious and irreconcilable differences over infidelity, parenting choices or financial management. A family law attorney may help a spouse understand the consequences of divorce and work to achieve a fair settlement on issues like property division and child custody.