People facing divorce are often anxious to begin dating—sometimes before the divorce is even final. After all, the divorce process can be stressful, and people often believe that a new relationship will help heal their pain. But is this a good idea? In most cases, the answer to this question is a resounding “no.” It’s usually a bad idea to start dating before a divorce is final. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. If you’re thinking about dating before your Georgia divorce is final, below are some things to consider. For additional information, please contact a Georgia divorce attorney for guidance.
Possible Consequences of Dating During a Divorce
When two adults have a one-on-one social interaction, this is generally considered a date. Whether the interaction is platonic or romantic doesn’t matter. For practical purposes, though, the types of dates that are frowned upon during divorce are those of a romantic nature. The primary reason to refrain from dating during a divorce is that it can lead the court to suspect that you had an affair prior to your separation. If the court suspects this, your new boyfriend or girlfriend may be required to testify in court on a number of issues, such as:
- The date the relationship started
- Whether the relationship is of a romantic nature
- Whether you gave him or her any marital property
- The amount of money you spent on him or her
The answers to any of these questions can paint you in a poor light in court and can have a negative impact on your divorce. If your new partner’s answers lead the judge to believe that your relationship began while you were still married, this can only hurt your case.
Tips for Dating During a Divorce
If you want to reduce the impact that dating will have on the outcome of your divorce case, you should consider the following tips:
- Don’t date during your divorce unless you are physically separated from your spouse.
- Don’t start a sexual relationship until your divorce has been finalized. An unplanned pregnancy won’t help your case.
- When dating during your divorce, consider the effects it may have on your children. Exposing your children to your romantic interests too soon can harm them emotionally.
Contact a Georgia Divorce Attorney Today
If you need assistance with your Georgia divorce, Carter/Pilgrim is here to help. At Carter/Pilgrim, our experienced Georgia divorce attorney will guide you through the Georgia divorce process while taking all necessary steps to ensure that you obtain a just result in your Georgia divorce. Whether you need to begin the divorce process or need help with a child custody issue, experienced family law attorney Amy Carter has the knowledge, experience, and tenacity to help you acquire the results you desire. Please contact us today to schedule a free consultation.