Unfortunately, there is more that you shouldn’t do than should, but first let’s clarify what is meant by “dating.” Legally, “dating” means one-on-one social contact with another person.There is no distinction between platonic contacts and ones that are romantic or sexual, although from a practical standpoint, the romantic/sexual relationships are the ones that draw scrutiny and cause complications.And if the new person in your life really is “the one,” shouldn’t they put your best interest first by waiting until after the divorce is final?
This often causes the other spouse to become confrontational and distrustful, further complicating divorce proceedings.
Finally, the new relationship may be considered in the division of property, child custody or alimony determination.
In addition, if you have children, you will likely have ongoing contact with your ex-spouse after the divorce is finalized.
Dating before a divorce can poison your relationship with your ex-spouse for years to come, making future joint decisions more difficult than they needed to be.
Dating while divorcing can help you feel lovable and desirable – just as your previous love life is coming apart.
It can also help alleviate some of the stress and anxiety that comes during a divorce, giving you something to focus on besides trials and tribulations.
We have over 33 years of experience handling a variety of complicated family law cases in California.
” This question comes up quite often for soon-to-be divorcees.
Studies have shown that the first relationship after a divorce has little chance of long-term survival.
Are you really ready to jeopardize so much for a relationship that likely won’t last?
This is especially true if you two move in together and/or your new partner has a stronger financial footing than your estranged spouse.