However, a paramour who stays overnight when your children are present can be grounds for denial of your custody or visitation.
Separation is that difficult in-between place many find themselves in when their relationship isn't going well.
In some cases, a spouse is even already engaged before the end of the divorce.
Also, when you date during a divorce, you also risk your children becoming alienated and very distant from you.There really is no such thing as a completely blended family.In contentious child custody cases, you may want to think of yourself as being under an unfair microscope.I use the term microscope because it is not unusual for parents to keep a watchful eye on the other parent in the hope of catching him or her in actions that can be used in court during the child custody proceeding.One issue that often arises when a divorce is in progress is the topic of dating during divorce.
It is with increasing frequency that one or both spouses is starting to date, or even in a new serious relationship, before the divorce is finalized or even officially filed.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.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.Our office encourages clients not to date until their divorce and all related issues are settled. To further discuss all types of divorce issues, contact a family law attorney at the law firm of Barbara M. People Often Ask, “Can I date now that we’ve started divorce proceedings?This can add an abundance of hostility to the process and make the divorce more difficult. If you have questions about dating during a divorce, contact our office and schedule a consultation.