Can I Date During My Divorce?

If you recently filed for divorce from your spouse, you are probably contemplating the possibility of re-entering the dating scene to find a new companion as you get started on this new chapter in your life. Unfortunately, though this might be a difficult and lonely time for you, dating before your divorce is -finalized can have some severe consequences on the outcome of your settlement. Moreover, though you might feel like you are ready to move on, dating so soon after filing for divorce is also an emotionally unwise decision.

Below is a list of reasons why you ought to hold off on dating until after you are officially divorced:

  • It can negatively affect your ability to reach a settlement: Regardless of who initiated the divorce or what mistakes were made throughout the course of the marriage, it will hurt your spouse to see you with someone new. It might hurt him or her enough to the point where dealing with your spouse will become exponentially more difficult and reaching a mutually favorable settlement will be nearly impossible. Spare yourself and your soon-to-be former spouse the hardship of drawn-out and emotionally charged battle and wait to date until after you are able to work out a settlement agreement.
  • It can negatively impact your parenting agreement: If you have children and are trying to hash out a parenting plan with your spouse, having a new partner in your life can make this process quite challenging. Your spouse might feel as though he or she is being replaced and will be more unwilling to compromise on a plan. Moreover, if your new partner has an unsavory history and your divorce goes through litigation, you can bet that a judge will factor the criminal history of your new partner into a court order for child custody or visitation rights.
  • It can negatively impact your children: Divorce is, of course, not easy for anyone to go through, especially children. If you are juggling your divorce, a full-time job, and a new relationship, this will leave very little time for you to be there for your children during this difficult time. They might begin to think that you do not care as they try to navigate the changes your family is going through on their own, without your support. Instead of leaving them to fend for themselves, be there for them. You can always hit the dating pool once the dust settles and your children are better able to cope with the divorce.
  • It will prevent you from working through your emotional problems: A new relationship might seem like the answer to your current situation, but the fact is that it will only distract you from your pain, sadness, anger, or any other emotions you might be feeling. To avoid repeating any mistakes you made in your marriage, it is important that you allow yourself some time to heal and truly examine why your marriage ended. This will also provide a better foundation for a new relationship in the future.

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If you and your spouse can no longer able to make your marriage work, you need to obtain skilled legal counsel as soon as possible to ensure the process goes smoothly and your interests are well-protected. At SmartLaw, our legal team in Las Vegas is committed to helping clients navigate a vast array of family law matters and will strive to negotiate your divorce to a mutually agreeable outcome.

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