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Should I Start Dating During A Separation or Divorce?

The legal process of getting a divorce is not a quick and easy one. Many couples that have made the decision to get a divorce did not get to that point overnight. In addition, once the legal process starts it involves preparing the necessary paperwork to be filed in Court, serving the opposing party, completing the discovery process and awaiting the subsequent Court dates where the issues will be resolved. The question many of our clients ask is “can I date and see other people while the divorce is still pending?”

The answer we give our clients is that it definitely is not advisable to date during a separation or pending divorce proceedings. Dating during a separation or divorce proceeding can affect a spouse’s ability to receive alimony. For instance, if the Court determines that the new relationship was initiated prior to the divorce filing it may very well reduce the amount of alimony awarded. Dating prior to the conclusion of a divorce can also have an effect how child custody is awarded by the Court. In the Court’s determination of what is in the best interest of the child one of the things that will be considered is who will be in the child’s life. This is by far one of the most important things to consider before making the decision to date.

  • It is important to be respectful of the other spouse. Refrain from posting compromising images, videos or text messages on-line.
  • Be careful of what your children are exposed to.
  • Avoid making large purchases for for other parties outside of your marriage.
  • Avoid additional pregnancies outside of the marriage during the pending of a divorce.

Most divorce lawyers will tell their clients not to start new relationships until their divorce is finalized. However, sometimes the most sound advice is not always practical. The most important thing to remember is that everything that you do in public or post on-line has the potential to be broadcast in open Court. FLFAttorneys represents divorce and family law clients in Douglasville Cobb, Marietta, Smyrna and Atlanta. Contact our law firm today to make an appointment.