It seems that the world is awash with dating apps. Gone are the days of a fleeting glance across a crowded room followed by a nausea inducing chat up line. Time poor, but tech-happy millennials generally prefer to select their future partner on their ‘phone (at the same time as ordering their food shopping, booking their holiday and posting a cat meme).
One friend I asked (who shall remain nameless, but you know who you are) told me that she preferred to select future beaus from the comfort of her sofa, rather than waste time, money and the will to live frequenting grotty nightclubs. Comfort should always be a priority when it comes to match making (much like choosing shoes).
Recently, dating apps have entered a niche arena where developers, clearly mindful of the risk of repetitive strain injury caused by swiping unsuitable suitors left into the virtual waste-bin of Tinder, have decided “Toffee Dating” is the way forward. The latest app to hit the market offers exclusive membership only to those who attended private school. According to the founder, people from similar backgrounds have similar interests and will therefore fare better when it comes to love. Unsurprisingly, Toffee’s elitist stance has been ridiculed by the national press.
‘The League’ has a waiting list of over 100,000 people. Apparently, members are selected based on their educational background and professional history. But you must be ‘special’ to join the club. I am assuming that financially inept geniuses don’t qualify. Cynical? Me?
US app, Luxy, goes one step further – according to online statistics, 50% of their members are worth $500,000 or more. If $500,000 or more’ is your ‘thing’.
Wasn’t it Will.I.AM who once mused, ‘Where is the love?’… I digress.
Assuming you are successful/rich/beautiful/special enough to join one of the ‘premier’ dating apps, surely a degree of caution should be exercised? Let’s assume your ‘match’ is not as wealthy as you (perhaps, like many hopeful online daters, they exaggerated…surely not?!), but sparks fly and within a week they have moved their toothbrush into your mansion?
No-one wants to assume the worst at the start of a new relationship, but it is important to consider your long-term interests and protect your financial assets in the event of a relationship breakdown.
Our lawyers at Coffin Mew can provide clear and comprehensive advice on co-habitation agreements, Declarations of Trust, pre and post-nuptial agreements.
If ‘app dating’ is proving to be a minefield, I say give up whilst you are ahead and get a cat. They won’t insist on checking your bank balance and you won’t have to dress to impress #unconditionallove #catlady.