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Should men date during divorce?

On Behalf of | Oct 18, 2021 | Divorce

When you’re going through a divorce, you may feel that it’s appropriate to start dating again. You want to have fun and to see people who you’re interested in, but is it a good idea?

Even if you’re ready to move on, it’s probably not the best choice to date during your divorce. It may hurt your case and could complicate your divorce.

Dating when divorcing could impact your divorce settlement

One reason not to date while divorcing is because you could negatively impact your divorce settlement. If your estranged spouse finds out that you’re dating or that you’ve been with someone else while still technically married, then you could find yourself in a position where they don’t want to settle. They may be hurt or offended, and that will make your negotiations more difficult.

This could also hurt your opportunity to obtain spousal support if you want it. If the court believes that you can sustain yourself on your own and that you don’t need your spouse’s support after asking for it, then the court may agree that no spousal support is needed. Taking your date on a lavish night out won’t help your cause if you’re seeking support, so avoid it.

Your property division agreement could be impacted, too. For example, if you’re already dating someone with a home and good money, your spouse may be less likely to want to give up the marital home or to provide you with assets. After all, if you don’t need those items to help balance your finances, why wouldn’t they try to keep them for themselves?

Realistically, you can date while divorcing, but the likelihood is that it will have a negative impact on your divorce case and lead to arguments that drag your divorce out. Instead, consider waiting to date. If you must date, keep it quiet and try not to post on social media.

It’s better to wait until your divorce is finalized to date because there are negative impacts that can occur. Even though it might be frustrating, waiting would be in your best interests in most cases.

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