Should You Date During a Divorce?


Some couples are so prepared for getting divorced they’re already ready to get back on the dating horse. However, people often wonder whether or not it will interfere with their divorce in any way. Most people would recommend holding off on dating until the divorce is finalized, particularly if it’s likely to be a short divorce. However, for longer divorces, some people might begin to feel lonely and restless. In those cases, there are some precautions you should take if you’re still in the process of divorcing.

Judges will rarely punish someone who begins dating once they have been physically separated from their spouse. However, if your spouse’s attorneys can convince the court you were unfaithful to your spouse and it led to the divorce, you may come out worse financially after the process is over.

If you decide to start dating, make sure you’re not still living with your spouse. Likewise, keep your new dates from meeting your children (if you have kids) until you’re serious about the new individual, which could take a while to figure out. Your children are likely to be emotionally fragile by the divorce proceeding, and meeting a new potential parent might be too much for them to handle.

Additionally, keep from getting pregnant or impregnating someone else before the divorce is final. If this happens, the event is likely to prolong your case until the baby is born so the court can verify paternity and determine custody and support requirements.

If you’re using the Internet to date, make sure you’re not lying on any of your profiles. Your spouse’s attorneys will be using the Internet to look you up so he or she can find information to use against you during the divorce proceeding. If an attorneys catches you in a lie, this is likely to backfire on you later in court.

It’s okay to attend events on your own and socialize. Getting divorced can feel lonely and isolating. Use friends and family as a support network if you need someone in your life who can be there for you emotionally and socially without needing to involve a person who may be looking for something long-term you’re not ready to give yet.

If you need help negotiating a divorce, don’t hesitate to talk to our skilled Bronx divorce lawyers. Attorneys Michael King has more than a decade of legal experience to offer your case, and he has developed a deep understanding of state and local divorce law. Let us see what we can do for you.

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