So, many clients decide that just one date can’t hurt.If you find that you just can’t wait until your divorce is final to start dating again, this article provides a few “do’s and don’ts” of dating before you are divorced.
When you find people who may be a good match, select public places for the first date.
The reason divorce lawyers counsel against dating while the divorce is pending, even if separated, is that it has the potential to increase both the cost and the stress of the divorce trial. Judges, however, rarely punish someone who begins dating – sexually or otherwise – once they have physically separated from their spouse.
Even so, the presence of someone new, particularly when paraded in front of the spouse and/or children, can enrage the soon-to-be ex, and also create the suspicion that the relationship began as an “affair” before the separation.
Usually, there will be no restraining order the divorce unless the new partner has some sort of problem – say drugs, alcohol or a history of physical abuse -– and then there could be a permanent injunction against that person ever being in the presence of the children!
Violation of such an injunction -– or even allowing one’s children to be in the company of such a “bad actor” even if there is not an injunction, can lead to losing custody of the kid(s) to the other parent!