"After they got married, he found out she was a shopaholic.He wound up being ,000 in credit card debt and was working two jobs. Another member, also divorced, joined the dating website after her ex-husband gambled away their savings and amassed a ton of debt.With 70 percent of marriages ending in divorce due to financial disagreements, those looking for a partner are increasingly popping the big question: What is your credit score? Related: The 3 Biggest Money Mistakes Couples Make "It was my job to determine if there would be a relationship between the bank and the borrower based on their credit score," he said. Banks, landlords, insurance companies, employers and even Internet providers have been relying on this three-digit calculation to measure a person's character and decide if they want to take a risk on you. That's just what Niem Green, founder and CEO of Credit Score Dating.com, thought when he launched his dating website in 2006 after working for a number of years as an underwriter for a bank.Surprisingly, however, not everyone on Credit Score has a sexy credit score of 720 or higher, which is considered very good to excellent. According to Green, these people are simply looking for relativity, someone who understands what they've been through financially.He cited one member who recently divorced after trying for years to keep up with his wife's spending.Related: Why Money Arguments Are a Red Flag for Couples Sussman said most people want to be with a partner who's responsible."When someone's responsible financially, that really says a lot about them," she said.
Usually it's because there's a history of fighting because one's a spender and one's a saver," she said.
" According to a recent survey conducted by Wakefield Research for Citigroup, Green was on to something about the importance of financial savvy to a relationship.
More than three out of four Americans in a committed relationship, or 78 percent, prefer a partner who is good with money over one who is physically attractive. These days it's much more attractive to be an 800 than a perfect 10.
"This age group is becoming our strongest demographic," Green said, explaining that initially the site primarily attracted males in their late 40s and 50s.
Nichols said more and more of her clients are young, newly married couples without kids who need to fix their credit and learn how to manage it.