Should You Date While Separated During A Divorce?

Each Situation is Unique, But Generally We Advise Against It

This is a very tough question, especially since the circumstances surrounding every divorce are always so different. We have seen the gambit of situations that include a third party’s (or even a fourth party’s) involvement before or during the divorce process, as well as emotional and intellectual responses from either or both spouses that range from relief, to acceptance, to indignation and worse yet even uncontrolled rage. Taking into account all of the different scenarios we have encountered, In Law We Trust, P.A., generally advises that during your separation period, you don’t openly date somebody else. We really feel, from our experience representing men during divorce, it is in your best interest to exercise a degree of caution and restraint.

The Pitfalls

Establishing or flaunting a new relationship is likely to make things more difficult with your spouse, no matter who initiated the divorce, and no matter the circumstances. Even if you think the separation is amicable, most likely there are still emotions involved and you can’t know for sure how your wife will react. The last thing you need is to create any bad blood, as that can cause complications during negotiations or even cause your wife to throw in additional demands. Unfortunately, there goes the opportunity for a smooth and timely settlement.

Dating during divorce can also complicate custody and parenting arrangements. Your spouse may openly object to exposing your children to an unfamiliar adult or adults on a regular basis, and even express concerns in court about what kind of person your new partner might be.

If your spouse earns more than you, getting involved in a new relationship and moving in with them either before or soon after the end of the divorce could affect your ability to receive spousal support, or affect your parenting plan. Even if support or parenting time does not apply in your situation, there are other complexities that could arise that would work against you in court, so be very careful with your living arrangements.

Your Best Interests Come First

Men who are getting divorced in Tampa are already faced with the problem that courts often side with wives and mothers, so it’s best not to complicate things by dating. We understand though, that every couple has their own unique set of circumstances. If you find yourself in the midst of an unexpected relationship and are unsure of how best to handle it, call In Law We Trust, P.A. You will be able to be frank and open with us. We in turn will advise you of the best course of action, while always keeping in mind your best interests. Our firm will help you build an appropriate and successful strategy for moving forward.

Call The Family Law Experts Men Trust (813) 415-3510

In Law We Trust, P.A. is a premier firm of divorce lawyers representing men in family law proceedings. We are uniquely positioned to assist our clients with the challenges men face in Florida’s court system. Call us today and get the proper representation men need and deserve.



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