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Can I date during a divorce?

On Behalf of | Feb 10, 2023 | Family Law |

It may take months or years before many people consider starting a relationship again after a divorce. Others are ready to start dating days later or may even want to start dating before their divorce has been finalized. After all, divorce can be stressful and utilizing dating as a social outlet can be beneficial for some people.

The divorce process has already started and it may seem like both people understand how it’s going to end, so, there should be no problem dating during the divorce, right? In actuality, dating during a divorce can potentially lead to a number of issues.

Issues with your soon-to-be-ex-spouse

Some people are fine with the idea that their spouse is dating before a divorce is complete. However, others may not be and, as a result, they may take every measure to lengthen the process while making it more expensive. Even the mere mention of dating could cause problems with your soon-to-be-ex-spouse since it’s foretelling what your intentions are after the process is over.

Impacts in re: your relationship with your children

If you have children, then you may already understand how your divorce is affecting them. Perhaps they’re struggling some in school and they’ve been less talkative, which often goes away for the better after the divorce process is over. By introducing someone new in their lives, whom may stay long-term, your children may be confused and even enraged by your actions.


Your spouse could accuse you of adultery. While adultery won’t affect a no-fault divorce, it could sway how the judge decides property division matters and even how they resolve custody concerns if your divorce already is or eventually becomes contentious.

Dating after divorce

It is partially for these reasons that it is often recommended to wait until every last detail of a divorce is finalized before starting a new relationship. If you still have questions and want to ensure you’re taking the right steps during a divorce, then you may need to reach out for legal help. Seeking guidance proactively can keep you from making potentially consequential missteps.