Can I Start Dating Again During My Divorce?
There is no law in New Jersey that says you cannot date during your divorce, but it could make divorce proceedings more difficult, especially if there are children involved. Some consequences of dating during a divorce could include:
- Your new relationship can be questioned legally. If your spouse wants to know if you were cheating before the divorce process began, their lawyer may investigate your new relationship to verify exactly when the relationship began, how much money is being spent on the relationship, and if any marital property in the form of gifts have been transferred to the person you are dating.
- Co-parenting could be more difficult. All the mutual decisions you reached prior about co-parenting could be affected.
- Custody of children can be affected. If your children are upset about your dating, it could affect your custody or visitation.
- The divorce may take longer and cost more. If one spouse is dating before the other is ready, this makes it difficult to come to agreement on the many issues that need to be considered in a divorce. Delays mean an increase in the money being spent and a longer wait for you before the divorce is finalized.
If you date during your divorce, here are some important considerations:
- Be sure that you are already physically separated from your spouse or the court could see the new relationship as the reason your marriage failed and favor your spouse.
- Be discreet about dating, and avoid introducing the new person to your children.
- In the case of a new pregnancy, the court may wait until the baby is born to verify paternity and issue custody and support requirements.
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