Dating during a divorce with children
Although technically there are few legal reasons why you shouldn’t date, we often find that new relationships can act as emotional flashpoints during the divorce process which can throw boulders into the path of smooth progress to getting financial and children arrangements sorted out.There is little to be gained from announcing to the world that you are dating while matters are not yet settled.For the newly single the thought of “starting again” in a new relationship can be a very daunting one, and we often find ourselves being asked about the dos and don’ts of dating, or starting new relationships, whilst we are still helping clients through their divorce or separation.Clearly there is no one-size-fits-all advice, and many would question the wisdom of divorce lawyers dispensing dating tips, but as it is something we are often asked about, we thought a few general pointers might help.
Different children will react differently, and a lot will depend upon their age and degree of maturity.
For those who feel ready, dating while going through divorce can help you cope with loneliness, a need for comfort, and low self-esteem.
However, as separation can be a very sensitive time, discretion is often a good idea.
During the proceedings you will be asked about your intentions with regard to cohabiting or remarrying.
You must answer honestly, and if you do intend to set up home with your new partner, their financial situation will become relevant to your case.