It is not uncommon for a new relationship to begin for someone who is going through a divorce. However, it is possible for negative or even positive legal implications to stem from these new relationships. Continue reading to discover the legal implications of dating during and after divorce and behaviors to avoid that will negatively impact your divorce. If you require assistance through this process, do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced divorce attorney today to discuss our services. We are here to help.

What to Consider When Dating During and After Divorce

Children: The situation in which dating during and after divorce has the most weight is when children are involved. This is due to the presence of a new person when deciding child custody and visitation during a divorce case or post-judgment proceedings. The best interest of the child is always the main focus of the divorce court. Bringing a new person into a child’s life too quickly could impact the children negatively. The court would not want the child to believe that their other parent is being replaced with the person you are newly dating. However, family court understands that, though you are going through a divorce, everyone deserves to move on with their lives and find love. It is best to introduce your new partner to the children slowly over a period of time, especially while you are still proceeding through a divorce.

Criminal History: If the person you are newly dating has any questionable history such as a criminal past, this could negatively impact the custody of your children.

Positive Impact: Dating someone new does not always have a negative impact on your divorce proceedings. It is possible for the judge to consider the presence of a new person in your children’s lives as a positive impact. This may be true if the person you are dating has a history with children such as a teacher or a pediatrician.

Other Behaviors to Avoid During a Divorce

There are many other behaviors to avoid while going through a divorce to avoid negatively impacting the outcome:

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


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