Odd list today up at the Listverse blog: “Top Ten Facts About Mail-Order Brides.” Even odder to me, though, was the factoid listed at number 8:
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reports that “…marriages arranged through [mail order bride] services would appear to have a lower divorce rate than the nation as a whole, fully 80 percent of these marriages having lasted over the years for which reports are available.” The USCIS also reports that “… mail-order bride and e-mail correspondence services result in 4,000 to 6,000 marriages between U.S. men and foreign brides each year.”
I find this statistic a bit surprising, to say the least. I don’t have any additional knowledge about the topic and I have no time to look up additional facts (perhaps at the USCIS website?). I have, actually, known someone (many, many years ago and not in the church) who married a Russian bride using some sort of service like this and I believe the marriage has lasted, though it would be inappropriate for me to discuss any details further.
Why would these sorts of marriages last longer than your average U.S. marriage? Does it say something about these sorts of marriages or, rather, does it say more about the average U.S. marriage? Is the statistic untrustworthy? Any thoughts?
(By the way, in the event anyone reading this is interested in preventing their marriage from becoming one more negative statistic, I recommend our booklet God’s Plan for Happy Marriage.)