Divorcing clients are often lonely and frustrated, and they may be longing
to meet someone new to either have fun or feel desirable again. But as
much as you might think that you are ready to move one, dating during
divorce can have serious consequences. There is a chance that a new relationship
may harm both parties legally and financially.
The following are several reasons why you might want to wait on dating
until you have put your divorce behind you:
Emotions are still fresh – Divorce is emotionally and psychologically traumatic, even if
you’re looking forward to a new start in life. As you rediscover
yourself, you will go through various emotional stages and changes. Although
this may seem exciting, it may not be fair to start a relationship with
someone new when you’re still going through an emotional rollercoaster.
Dating can have a negative impact on
child custody and parenting time – If you date during divorce, your spouse may be less likely to
want to settle custody and parenting time issues on a reasonable and rational
basis. In addition, your children may not wish to spend time with you
if your new flame is around and can have a psychological impact on their
Dating can affect
alimony – Although dating will not have an effect on child support and alimony,
it may if you decide to move in with your new beau. If you are the spouse
who is likely to be ordered to pay spousal support, the court may view
you as having more funds available to you to pay spousal support since
you are sharing expenses with your friend. By contrast, if you are the
individual who is likely to receive alimony, living with someone new and
sharing expenses means that you do not need as much spousal support.
Dating can impact
– If you live with someone during the divorce, the court can consider
that as a factor when it comes to dividing property. Since living with
someone and sharing expenses positions you in a better financial situation
in comparison to living alone and having to pay all of your expenses,
a court may decide that certain property division issues should be resolved
in favor of your spouse.
If you are interested in filing for divorce in Florida,
contact our Daytona Beach divorce attorney at
Stepniak & Park today.