Making the decision to end a marriage is never an easy thing to do. However, once you and your spouse have come to an agreement to separate your lives, you may find that you are looking for ways to begin moving forward, even though the marriage is not legally over. One of the most common ways people try to get through this difficult time is by finding another person to spend their time with. However, with dating comes some complications when you are single, so you can only imagine what sort of wrenches it can throw when you are getting a divorce. With that said, let’s talk about why playing the field may not be the best choice if your divorce has yet to be finalized.
What Impact Does Dating Have On A Divorce?
There are a number of negative effects that dating before your divorce is finalized can have on your divorce proceeding. You may think that if you live in a no-fault state you don’t have anything to worry about, but you would be wrong. Even in states where the divorce cannot be blamed on just one of the spouses, if one of them should choose to date while they are still technically married, it can be considered marital misconduct. This can have a major effect on the way your property is divided or even how much spousal support, if any, is offered.
Additionally, dating before your divorce is final can take a major emotional toll on you and on the spouse you are divorcing. This may cause a lot of problems for you when you are trying to negotiate later on. And the harder it is for you and your spouse to come to an agreement, the longer the divorce proceeding will last, which is money out of both of your pockets.
You know just the same as we do that divorce is difficult in the first place. This is even more true, however, if you and your spouse have children together. If you are to start dating someone before your child or children have even had the chance to get used to the idea of their parents getting divorced, the outcome is not likely to be a good one. This could be because your children feel uncomfortable or because the spouse you are divorcing does not like the idea of their children spending time with someone who they consider to be a stranger.
Hire A Lawyer Who Can Guide You
We know that you are just trying to move past this very hard time in your life but dating right away is not something we would advise. As Issaquah’s most trusted law firm, our attorneys have seen this scenario play out many times before and believe us, it never turns out well. If you need help getting your divorce finalized so that you can begin the next chapter of your life, we would suggest that you call Pavithran Law Office today. We can absolutely speed up your divorce proceedings if you allow us the chance to. Contact us today and get all the information you need to make a smart legal decision.