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Dating Before the Divorce Decree: What’s the Harm?

While going through a divorce, it may be tempting to enter into a relationship with someone new. Although this may seem harmless, entering into a serious relationship and having that person around your children may negatively impact the divorce proceeding. . Children may have a difficult time understanding or coming to terms with divorce, and introducing a new partner into your child’s life while the divorce is pending can create additional confusion and tension for them.

Additionally, dating before a divorce is finalized can create issues with your new partner.  You risk involving that person in the litigation, including the possibility of having them deposed about the relationship.  A new relationship can also stir up conflict between you and your current spouse. So rather than entering into a new relationship before your divorce is finalized, you may instead want to spend  this transitional period focusing on yourself and your children as you each heal and move forward.

To discuss family law concerns or issues, please reach out to one of the family law attorneys at Sandberg Phoenix.

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