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Whether you were unhappy in your marriage for a long time prior to separating, or as the months have passed after your separation you find that you miss the companionship of another person, it’s reasonable to ask about dating.
Many people enjoy having a special “someone” to share their free time with and waiting the “year and a day” from your date of separation to file for divorce can seem daunting without companionship and support. The more tempered and reasoned answer to “Can I date after I separate?
Yes, that is a long time, especially for those who have been in an unhappy marriage for several years prior to the separation.
Let’s consider the following issues to help you determine what may be the best choice for you.
Talk with your family law attorney if you are considering dating after you separate.
Be honest and upfront, and talk with the attorney about your options and the possible consequences.
Simply having your new partner stay overnight while your children are present could be sufficient grounds for limitation of your custody and/or visitation rights.For example, Wife may have a platonic male friend that she confided in about her marriage troubles.Cell phone records reflect they text messaged and phoned each other daily.Introducing children to a new romantic partner is a process that must be done with care.In a child custody case, the judge must decide what is in the best interest of the children when determining the custody rights of each parent.And remember, a year in the grand scheme of things is a relatively short time.