What is a Dating Background Check?

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The dating background check is a process which uses the resources of a professional to ascertain if an individual you are currently dating or are considering dating is what he or she appears to be. Essentially, a dating background check makes use of public records to prevent the hurt and anger that can come from finding out important factors about a love interest after the relationship has become firmly established. The use of this type of precaution has become increasingly popular, especially since the advent of online dating opportunities.

The goal of a dating background check is to make use of available documents and records to determine if there are known factors that could have a negative impact if the dating becomes serious. Taking the time to conduct this type of check makes it possible to avoid a first date altogether, or to end a budding relationship before too many dates have taken place and emotional attachments have begun to develop.


For example, an individual who is not interested in dating someone who is not financially secure or at least responsible enough to hold down a job can make use of this type of background check to identify any indicators of financial instability. This can include looking into employment history, noting how long the individual remained with various employers. A check of the credit history of the individual will also reveal any slow pays on loans or credit cards, bankruptcies, foreclosures or other adverse financial dealings. When the information indicates an ongoing and current problem with finances, there is a strong chance that the relationship would end badly if pursued.

The dating background check can also help reveal important bits of information that are sometimes concealed, such as whether or not the potential date is married or has children. For people who are not ready to take on the responsibility of children, this can be extremely important information. The presence of a legal spouse, even where there is a legal separation, may also be a warning sign. Anyone who has become emotionally involved with an individual who is not legally free knows just how hurtful this type of dating situation can become.

There is also the matter of determining if there is a criminal history that should be discussed or taken into consideration. A competent dating background check will include looking for any indications of arrests or convictions for any type of issue ranging from a misdemeanor to a felony. As with the financial background check, the main point is to determine if there is an ongoing issue with criminal activity. If someone had a minor issue a number of years ago and nothing has occurred since, the criminal record may not be of great importance. However, if there is a lengthy record of arrests over several years, there is a good chance that the individual should be avoided.

A dating background check does not ensure the success of the dating or that a loving relationship will bloom. However, running this type of check can help to minimize the chances of ending up with someone who will either prove to be a disappointment or worse. Investigative agencies that offer this service can be found online as well as in many major metropolitan areas.


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Post 5

My friend just found out that the guy she's been dating for over a year (in Chicago) is a complete fraud and had used her credit cards. Don't fall into this trap.

Post 2

Help me out - I've been chatting with a woman and we're ready to meet, but she sent me to a "safe" site and they require a credit card number. I'm not sure this is legit. Anybody able to teach me about these things?

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