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Can dating during a divorce affect your case?

On Behalf of | Feb 3, 2022 | Divorce, Family Law |

When your marriage ends, you may feel empowered to move on and explore new relationships.

However, if you are not careful, dating during your divorce can impact the practical and legal processes in a negative way.

How will your ex react to your new relationship?

While the conclusion of your union should end any influence your former partner has over your decision-making, until your divorce is final, any move you make can cause acrimony in court. If your spouse harbors anger or jealousy over your decision to move on, he or she can become uncooperative and work to retaliate against you during the settlement process.

Will you cohabitate before your divorce is final?

Some divorces take a long time to finalize, so you may still be legally married as your new relationship gets serious. However, moving in with your new partner and sharing resources before your divorce is final may have an effect on your alimony or spousal support judgment.

Will your new partner spend time with your children?

If you do not know everything you need to know about a new love interest who may interact with your children, you can be sure your ex’s attorney does. If the person you are dating has any sort of a checkered past, your spouse can use it against you during custody and visitation negotiations.

If you are ready to date after your split, you should. However, it is important to understand how your actions will affect your Connecticut divorce case. It may serve you better to be discreet until you and your former spouse reach a settlement agreement.