The smart money – the lawyers who handle divorce actions – say dating during a divorce should be avoided because the benefits rarely justify the liabilities on someone personally or on his or her legal position.
When someone ends a marriage, for many months thereafter, he or she goes through tremendous emotional, mental and psychological upheaval.
Yet there are risks in dating before one is divorced.For the spouse seeking alimony, adultery can act as an absolute bar. The supported spouse can incur significant fees in defending that claim. Code § 20-3-130(C)(10) reads: In making an award of alimony or separate maintenance and support, the court must consider and give weight in such proportion as it finds appropriate …Even for the supporting spouse, dating can pose a danger on alimony. (10) marital misconduct or fault of either or both parties, whether or not used as a basis for a divorce or separate maintenance decree if the misconduct affects or has affected the economic circumstances of the parties, or contributed to the breakup of the marriage, except that no evidence of personal conduct which may otherwise be relevant and material for the purpose of this subsection may be considered with regard to this subsection if the conduct took place subsequent to the happening of the earliest of (a) the formal signing of a written property or marital settlement agreement or (b) entry of a permanent order of separate maintenance and support or of a permanent order approving a property or marital settlement agreement between the parties. However the opinion does not discuss how it affected the family court’s award.By Tara Lynne Groth Divorce is the end of a relationship, but how soon should divorced dads introduce the next relationship to their children?While co-parenting with their former spouse, adjusting to a new routine and establishing a separate household, dads may meet someone new whom they want to share their life and family with.