It is easy to see why you would want to date during a divorce. Divorce can be a stressful experience that may leave you with feelings of loneliness and rejection. The allure of dating someone new during this time is even more enticing than ever. After all, would not dating someone new help you get over your ex-spouse? Technically, not really - especially considering the ramifications that come along with doing so. Today, we go over the reasons why you should hold off on dating until your divorce has been finalized.
Why it Is Important to Wait for Your Divorce to Finalize Before Dating
Dating could affect your ability to settle your case amicably
If you start dating someone mid-divorce, you could upset your soon-to-be former spouse. When he/she finds out about your dating life, there is the chance he or she could disagree with the proposed settlement due to feelings of jealousy or anger. As a result, you might be looking at a lengthier, more expensive divorce. If you must go through litigation, many of the issues brought up in the divorce such as child custody, child support, and spousal support will be settled by the court.
Adultery could impact asset and property division and spousal support
In Florida, adultery is not likely to have an impact on the division of assets. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. If there has been a financial impact due to the adulterous relationship, the court may take the affair into consideration when dividing assets and property. For example, if one spouse spent a significant amount of money on gifts, hotel rooms, and vacations, the court will not look on this favorably.
Family law courts can consider adultery when determining the value and duration of spousal support.
Dating could affect your ability to co-parent
Your children need your love and attention during this time. A divorce can take an emotional toll on a child and it is important for them to be able to spend quality time with their parents. Dating could take that much needed time away from your children. You will have a full schedule with court dates, attorney meetings, and meditation sessions, so it will be difficult to date in the first place. Also, it may be difficult to introduce your child to someone you are dating while still married to their father/mother. This could confuse the child and make your spouse feel a bit disrespected.
Dating could distract you from dealing with the divorce
To move on from your marriage, you will need to deal with some emotional troubles. A divorce is a transitionary period, and as such, a time to reflect, deal with your emotions, and perhaps seek professional help by going to therapy if you decide that feels good for you. If you start dating during a divorce you may not have the time to face the issues that came up during your marriage. You could potentially repeat patterns or similar mistakes.
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