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Dating While Divorcing: Is It a Good Idea?

You and your spouse have decided to move forward with a divorce and might have even begun the process, but does that mean now is the right time to re-enter the dating pool? You might be eager to find love again, but before you dive in, you should know what you could risk by dating before your divorce is finalized. Your actions during this delicate time can have some serious ramifications and might impact the outcome of your divorce.

Read on to learn how your decision to begin dating again can impact your divorce:

1.It can negatively impact your ability to settle your case: Seeing your spouse with a new partner, or even knowing about it is a difficult pill for anyone to swallow no matter how much you both want a divorce. Having someone new in your life might make him or her less willing to settle on issues that might have otherwise been a breeze to get through simply out of spite or anger. To avoid any ill feelings getting in the way of negotiations, hold off on dating.

2.It can affect your parenting arrangement: If you share children with your soon-to-be ex-spouse, this should give you an even greater incentive to keep things amicable throughout your divorce. He or she might feel replaced by your new partner and make the act of negotiating a parenting plan even more difficult since he or she might be concerned about the presence of your new partner. Additionally, if your new partner has a criminal record, a judge would likely have a say in how much parenting time you receive out of concern for the well-being of your children. You are going to continue to co-parent with your ex after all is said and done, so try to set the right tone now and be patient.

3. It can change your relationship with your kids: Your divorce is hard enough for your children to cope with and they are likely still reeling from the news. Life as they know it has changed and, given that you are probably putting a lot of time into your divorce, still going to work, and caring for them, your time might be stretched thin. If you throw in a new partner into the mix, this is only going to make a bad situation worse. They might even resent you or think you do not care.

4.You need to deal with your emotions first: Divorce is tough, no matter how necessary it was and you still have not had enough time to cope. If you really want to find love again, take the time to set a proper foundation for it by addressing your own emotional baggage first.

Family Law Attorney Serving Bowling Green

At the Law Office of Pamela C. Bratcher, we understand the difficulties of the divorce process and will provide simple, comprehensive solutions in a timely manner. If you and your spouse have decided to move forward with a divorce, reach out to us for the representation you deserve.

Contact our office at (270) 977-8910 to schedule a free case evaluation.