Does a commuter marriage really save couples money? Mariah Echevarria, who works in Manhattan and lives in Orlando, Fla., told Reuters it does.
In 2011, there were 3.5 million commuter marriages, which is up 17 percent from 2001, according the U.S. Census Bureau. Couples are becoming more creative as they try to stretch their funds, which means expanding their geographic boundaries in the job hunt, reported Reuters.
Although Echevarria spends three weeks of the month in New York — paying New York City rent, utilities and state taxes as a non-resident, along with maintaining a residence in Orlando — she is still able to come out ahead because of her high-paying job, according to the article.
Though there aren't increased rates on divorce, communication in commuter marriages are key, said Leigh Cummings, a partner at Warner Bates & McGough, a family law firm, told Reuters. "Skyping is not a full substitute, but at least it's a substitute on some level."