Dating During and After Divorce | What To Know

Going through a divorce does not mean your life has to stop and you are not able to move on However, it is possible for negative or even positive legal implications to stem from a new relationship. Continue reading to discover the legal implications of dating during and after divorce. Plus, learn a few other behaviors to avoid when facing a divorce that may negatively impact the outcome. If you require assistance with your divorce process or have any questions regarding the legal implications of dating during a divorce, reach out to our experienced divorce attorney today. Give our firm a call to learn more about our services.

What to Consider When Dating During and After Divorce

Children: It is especially important to have caution when starting a new relationship during and after divorce if you have children involved in your divorce. Dating during and after divorce can impact child custody and visitation during a divorce case or post-judgment proceedings. It is important to know that the divorce court will always consider the best interest of the child first and foremost. Bringing a new person into your child’s life too quickly could result in them feeling as if you are trying to replace their other parent. This could have a negative impact on your children.

However, the family court also understands that everyone deserves to move on with their lives, especially when going through a stressful and overwhelming time such as this. It is best to slowly introduce your new partner to your children over an extended period of time while you proceed with your divorce to avoid it having a negative impact on your children and the outcome of your divorce.

Criminal History: It is possible for the person you are newly dating to have a negative impact on the custody of your children if they have a questionable history such as a criminal past.

Positive Impact: New relationships do not always have to have a negative impact on your divorce. The judge may view the presence of a new person in your children’s lives as a positive impact if they have a history with children such as having a career as a teacher or a pediatrician.

Other Behaviors to Avoid During a Divorce

It is also important to consider the other behaviors that may have a negative impact on your divorce. The other behaviors to avoid during a divorce are as follows:

  • Move out of state with your children
  • Send negative emails, texts, messages, etc. to your spouse
  • Sell property without the court’s permission
  • Discuss the case with your children or use them as intermediaries
  • Criticize your spouse in front of your children
  • Remove children from their current school
  • Post information regarding your divorce on social media
  • Withhold visitation from your spouse

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