When can I start dating?

Very few people actually bother to ask their lawyer this question before they do it. Probably because they won’t like the answer.

When you start dating is entirely up to you. However, there’s a good chance it will have an impact on your divorce.

Casual dating probably won’t affect how a court will decide child custody or award child support. But what the court thinks may not be your biggest concern.

How do you think it will make your soon to be ex-spouse feel? Do you think it will make them more, or less cooperative?

This is particularly important if your spouse doesn’t really want the divorce. If you’re trying to come to an agreement over the issues in your divorce, how do you think your spouse will react if they find out you’re dating?

I’ve never seen this help the situation.

Feelings are generally raw in a divorce and openly dating before everything has settled can often aggravate the situation.

With all that said, it's not unusual for one or both parties to a divorce to start dating before their divorce is final. We can deal with it, but you just need to be aware of the potential impact it can have.

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