Even so, the presence of someone new, particularly when paraded in front of the spouse and/or children, can enrage the soon-to-be ex, and also create the suspicion that the relationship began as an “affair” before the separation.
Although it is rarely, if ever, prosecuted, adultery remains a misdemeanor in the State of Maryland, punishable by a $10 fine, and in the commonwealth of Virginia, adultery is still a Class 4 misdemeanor. If you begin a relationship prior to your separation, it may be a factor for the court to consider in determining the cause of the breakdown of the marriage.
On the other hand, if your start a relationship post separation, it is not considered a cause of the breakdown.
In addition, it may be emotionally difficult for your children.
It is essential to understand the possible impact your actions may have on your case before making such decisions.
If you find that you just can’t wait until your divorce is final to start dating again, this article provides a few “do’s and don’ts” of dating before you are divorced.
Unfortunately, there is more that you shouldn’t do than should, but first let’s clarify what is meant by “dating.” Legally, “dating” means one-on-one social contact with another person.Divorcing clients are often lonely and stressed out, and they may be longing to meet someone new, feel desirable again, and just have fun.So, many clients decide that just one date can’t hurt.Julie Christopher is a Principal in the Family Law department at Stein Sperling.She is passionate about helping people navigate challenging transformations in their family landscape.This means that even though your romantic life has ended with your spouse, your private life and personal relationships may remain a relevant topic of inquiry by your spouse and/or the Court.