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Dos and Don’ts of Dating During Divorce

Divorce can be a highly stressful experience. Whether you are dealing with contentious litigation or a more amicable settlement process, it can be tricky to find your way back to normalcy ­– including dating.

As you dip your toes back into the dating pool, it is important to recognize how your new partnerships might affect your divorce. A New Jersey divorce lawyer can help you understand what to expect during your divorce proceedings and advise you on the legal implications of dating during this time. To learn more about the dos and don’ts of dating during divorce, read on.

Do Keep Your Dating Life Separate from Your Divorce

As you go through your divorce, it is important to keep new partners separate from legal proceedings. Although finding a new partner can be a source of comfort during a difficult time, it is also essential to remain focused on your intentions in your divorce. Having a new relationship may compel you to settle your divorce quickly to move on and begin your new phase of life, but this could result in less-than-ideal outcomes in your case. Staying focused on the present will help protect your assets and finances in the long run.

Don’t Date Openly

Unfortunately, divorces can be a messy ordeal. Dating a new partner during your separation or before your divorce is final may lead to a jealous ex-spouse and could cause them to react unfairly during the proceedings and make settlement efforts more difficult. It may also result in your spouse claiming you were having an affair during your marriage. Additionally, your new partner could be called to testify under oath in a deposition, which could complicate legal proceedings.

Do Be Careful Around Your Children

Divorce can be incredibly difficult for children to go through. Introducing a new partner during this time may make your children uncomfortable, so it is often best to wait until things have settled to introduce a new partner. Make sure that you are giving your children the attention and emotional comfort they need.

Don’t Introduce Your New Partner to Your Children Before Speaking with Your Ex

Having your children meet your new partner could cause an emotional or jealous response in your ex-spouse that could affect your divorce proceedings. They may stall negotiations or bring up questions about custody. Your ex-spouse could also use this as an opportunity to try to reduce your custody or reverse other arrangements you had previously agreed upon. Before introducing a new significant other to your children, talk to your ex and make sure they are as comfortable as possible with the meeting. At a minimum, your ex should be aware that the introduction is planned.

Discuss the Impacts of Dating During Divorce with a Family Law Attorney

Divorce can be tricky, especially with new partners in the picture. It is important to understand the dos and don’ts of dating during divorce as you make your way through this time. If you have questions about divorce and how your relationship might affect your case, get in touch with a skilled family lawyer at Moskowitz Law Group. We can help you through this process and ensure your best interests are protected in your divorce.

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