If you have met someone new while facing a divorce, you may be wondering if dating during a divorce will cause any complications for your legal process. It is important to understand that a new relationship will have legal implications for your divorce, good or bad. Continue reading to discover the aspects to consider when dating during and after divorce, especially if you have children with your former spouse. If you require assistance with the divorce process, our firm would be happy to help. Reach out to our experienced New Jersey divorce attorney today to learn more about our services and how we can assist you.
What to Consider When Dating During and After Divorce
Children: Starting a new relationship during or after a divorce may have an impact on child custody and visitation during a divorce case or post-judgment proceedings when you share children with your former spouse. Bringing a new person into your child’s life too quickly could be viewed negatively by the court. However, the court will also understand that everyone deserves to move on with their lives. It is best to slowly introduce your new partner to your children over an extended period of time, especially when facing a divorce. The divorce court will always consider the best interest of your children when making decisions.
Criminal History: If the new person you are dating has any questionable history such as a criminal past, it will be brought up in court and could have a negative impact on the custody of your children.
Positive Impact: Dating during and after divorce does not always have to have a negative legal implication. It is possible for the judge to view this new person in your life as having a positive impact on your children. This may be true if your new partner is a teacher or works with children in any way.
Other Behaviors to Avoid During a Divorce
It is important to consider the other behaviors that could have a negative impact on the outcome of your divorce. The other behaviors to avoid when acing a divorce are as follows:
- Send negative emails, texts, messages, etc. to your spouse
- Discuss the case with your children or use them as intermediaries
- Criticize your spouse in front of your children
- Post information regarding your divorce on social media
- Withhold visitation from your spouse
- Move out of state with your children
- Remove children from their current school
- Sell property without the court’s permission
Contact our experienced Bergen County firm
At Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark, our attorneys have extensive experience helping clients to understand and protect their legal rights before, during, and after the divorce process in towns across New Jersey and Bergen County, including Hackensack, Ridgewood, Paramus, Teaneck, and Fort Lee. To speak with our team of divorce lawyers today in a free and confidential consultation regarding your concerns about your divorce, please contact us online, or through our Hackensack, NJ office at (201) 397-1750.