Kathryn Rateliff Barr has taught birth, parenting, vaccinations and alternative medicine classes since 1994.She is a pastoral family counselor and has parented birth, step, adopted and foster children.Keep things light and not complicated to avoid making big decisions you could later regret, because you had a rebound relationship.Take the time to work through your emotional issues and grow after the divorce.Don’t date during the separation if reconciliation is on the table, suggests Eileen L. D., a divorce mediator in the article, “Five Tips for Dating During Separation.” Do make an agreement with your spouse about whether you can both date, which dating behaviors are appropriate and how you will work dating and kids, advises Cohen.Date discretely during your divorce, because it can aggravate your spouse and cause problems in settling your divorce according to Gage.The purpose is to determine exactly when the relationship began, whether it is sexual, whether any marital property has been transferred to the new friend, such as by gift, how much money was spent on dating this person, and whether the spouse has said anything that could be used against him or her at trial.
This issue of dating during a divorce can either be a non-issue or a serious one. Our role as family law lawyers is to help guide our clients through a divorce proceeding.Dating during divorce is not uncommon, but might not be in your best interests, according to Kevin C.Gage, an attorney in his article, “Dating During Divorce.” Dating when you have minor children can harm your legal case and cost you more that you can imagine.Your spouse could be watching you and use the dating information in court against you to complicate custody and parenting arrangements.
It can also affect how your property rights and financial support are decided.
Judges and court experts are prejudiced against those who date during a divorce, especially when minor children are involved.