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Can You Date During Your Divorce?

On Behalf of | Jun 14, 2023 | Divorce, DIVORCE - Divorce |

Every decision you make during your divorce is crucial. If you want a smooth divorce process, you should make the right moves, including dating. Of course, you can meet someone you are interested in before the process is finalized. Should you make a move or not?

This guide discusses this matter in-depth.

It’s better to avoid

The judge may not tell you to avoid dating when giving temporary orders, but it will help to avoid doing so because it can complicate the whole process. For instance, if you have children, it may not be best for them to meet your new partner while you are in the middle of a divorce with their other parent. 

Further, if the court orders your soon-to-be ex-spouse to pay temporary spousal support, and you have a partner, they may use this to avoid or reduce the determined amount.

Therefore, even though it may not be illegal, it’s best to avoid dating until your case is final.

Other effects, besides legal-related ones

Most people date during their divorce because they may have found someone they like or want to take their minds off the process. However, in addition to the complications discussed above, dating during your divorce may not allow you to heal. 

Thus, you may have issues in your new relationship sooner or later because you didn’t take the time to heal.

In addition, it may be unfair to the person you are dating. If your divorce is stressful, the chances are you may transfer the stress to your new partner. 

You may have lots of opportunities to date after your divorce is final. Before then, it can help to avoid it. You should get legal guidance to make informed decisions.