Once you embark on the divorce process, you might begin to feel lonely and wish to re-enter the dating scene to find a new partner in life. You have good intentions and, of course, everyone deserves to be happy, but dating before your divorce is finalized is a big mistake that can have an impact on your personal life and on the outcome of your divorce case. Instead of rushing into something new, it is best to take this time to engage in a little introspection as you go through the process of dissolving your marriage.
Continue reading to learn about some of the biggest reasons why you should wait until after your divorce is finalized before you begin dating again:
- It could further strain your relationship with your soon-to-be ex-spouse: Since you are getting a divorce, chances are your relationship is not doing so well to begin with, but you should still try to avoid souring the relationship even more. No matter who started the process, the truth is that it will not be easy to see your former spouse with someone new so soon. It might even raise questions regarding your fidelity during the marriage. As a result, your spouse might fight you tooth and nail for things that previously never mattered simply to spite you. Your divorce could end up getting dragged out for far too long, resulting in higher expenses.
- It will likely make co-parenting even more of a challenge: Not only will dating before your divorce is finalized make it difficult to settle amicably with your spouse, but it will also hurt your future relationship as co-parents if the two of you share children, especially if he or she thinks you cheated on him. Even if you do not care about your ex-spouse’s feelings, you should still care about how this will impact your children. Co-parenting after a divorce is already tough enough as it is, so try not to add another layer of obstacles to it.
- It can have a negative impact on your kids: The divorce process will take up some of your time and if you also have a job and are trying to dive back into the dating pool, this leaves little room for your children who are also going to need help coping with the changes brought on by your divorce. Instead of spending time looking for a new partner so soon, devote your time to helping your children get used to the idea of their parents living separately. They are going to need a lot of support and love to get through this.
- You need time for yourself: If you really want to start a new, healthy relationship, you need to do a little self-reflection first. It takes two people to end a marriage and if you do not take the time to figure out what you could have done differently, you will likely make the same mistakes again.
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