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Is Dating During a Divorce a Good Idea?


Dating during a divorce has never been easier. With access to the Internet, people use apps and websites to meet people all across the city, the state, the country, and even the world. Some divorce proceedings are also so predictable to both spouses they are often ready to move on and date by the time they are in the middle of the process. However, it may be more advisable to hold off on dating until after the divorce is finalized.

The main reason people should avoid dating during the divorce has to do with the emotional upheaval that sometimes happens when a couple separates. For example, if only the spouse who filed for divorce is ready to date, it might not be fair to the spouse who didn’t expect it to happen. Keeping your dating life until after the divorce will prevent your spouse from potentially retaliating out of bitterness and dragging the process on longer than it needs to be.

Likewise, dating could have a negative impact on your final settlement. Depending on the skill of our spouse’s attorney, dating someone during the divorce a can be used against you as evidence you were unfaithful to your spouse during the marriage.  Also, during a custody battle, your dating profile could be used against you if you were untruthful about your status as a parent.

If you have children, you might want to consider their feelings before dating as well. Divorce can be an incredibly difficult time for all parties, but especially children. They might still be dealing with the permanent separation of the family unit, so bringing someone new into their lives can make the situation that much more difficult.

Last, since divorces can last months or even years, you can’t really devote your full time and efforts to building a new relationship. Rushing into a new relationship might not be fair to your new romantic partner or yourself.

If you’re thinking of getting divorced, talk to one of our skilled Dutchess County divorce attorneys about your case. Our firm has more than 50 years of combined legal experience to offer your case. Whether you’re involved in a contested divorce or a non-contest divorce, we have the experience to provide you with the advocacy you need to meet your legal goals.

Contact us at (845) 605-4330 or fill out our online form to schedule a free, confidential consultation with us today.