Can you date while your divorce is ongoing?

On Behalf of | Oct 25, 2022 | divorce |

Navigating the complexities of a divorce can be confusing. You may have questions about what you can and cannot do while your divorce is in progress. As your relationship with your spouse ends, you might want to explore new romantic possibilities, but dating someone before your divorce is final can introduce complications.

While there is no explicit rule against it, dating during your divorce may lead to a more expensive settlement that could take longer to process. If you do decide to date someone new, it can help to understand the impact your new relationship could have on the outcome of your divorce.

Contentious negotiations

When dating someone new, you might feel the urge to share your happiness by posting pictures online or bringing them as your date to events. Depending on your relationship with your spouse, this could lead to feelings of anger or resentment that might make them more hostile and less willing to cooperate during negotiations.

Increased cost

If your divorce settlement involves spousal or child support, your new relationship may impact the outcome. Your judge will determine spousal support based on several factors, such as the length of your marriage and your respective financial circumstances. If you move in with your significant other, their earnings might affect the amount of support you pay or receive.

Regardless of the reasons behind your separation, dating during your divorce can attract unwanted negative attention. Divorce proceedings can be long and stressful, and heightened emotions often complicate things. If you meet someone new before your divorce is final, it might help to consider how your relationship could impact your settlement.