For many adults going through divorce, the thought of a new companionship and romance is appealing. Perhaps you were unhappy in your marriage for a long time before the divorce was underway, or maybe you just want to begin a small semblance of a social life. Regardless of your reasons, you may also wonder if testing the dating waters is allowed.
At Creighton McLean & Shea PLC, we understand the appeal of finding a new normal and your anxiety about facing scrutiny. Our lawyers can help answer your questions and address your concerns about entering the dating scene.
The Potential For Trouble
Dating while divorcing in Michigan will not necessarily harm you legally, but it can impact aspects of your divorce. A new relationship, even if the relationship did not contribute to the breakdown of the marriage, can taint property division and child custody arrangements. In a divorce, any detail that can be used to gain superiority over the other spouse will likely be used during a contentious fight over custody or property.
During a custody battle, a new relationship could be viewed as a distraction. The judge may think the parent is more focused on their own needs rather than the needs of their child. Also, the other parent may object to their child spending time with someone new. If adultery played a role in the divorce, the court may award the innocent spouse more assets, including spousal support.
Erring On The Side Of Caution
Even if you initiated the divorce and think you are ready to move on, it can be a good idea to give yourself even a short cooling-off period between the end of a serious relationship and the start of another. Erring on the side of caution and avoiding a premature jump back into the dating scene can save you time and money spent on litigation.
Before making the decision to date, consider the possible consequences. To discuss dating during divorce in further detail with an attorney, please call 734-245-9289 or reach us via email. Serving clients throughout the Livonia area.