“Dating during your divorce is akin to playing with matches and kerosene during a forest fire.” Matthew Thompson
It is commonly asked by clients, “Can I date others?” The short answer is NO. In Mississippi divorce there is no such thing as “legal separation.” You are married until you are divorced. That means either party could get “fault grounds” against the other at any time prior to the divorce being granted. In general however, it is just a bad idea.
Dating during your Divorce is a bad idea due to the following;
- Dating involves feelings and emotions which can be misfiring at that point.
- It involves money and expenses and Court’s look disfavorably of spending on boyfriends and girlfriends.
- It could wreak havoc on a Custody case if that “new” person is either the wrong fit for your kids or a great fit, but it does not work out.
- “Rebounds” tend to take a bad bounce.
- It’s an easy target for your soon to be Ex and his attorney.
- You may not really know the person you’re dating.
If you have to ask your attorney if it’s okay, it probably isn’t. Now, having said that, you are still allowed to have a “life.” You can go out in groups and otherwise socialize. Just be aware of your surroundings and actions because you never know who’s watching, waiting for you to mess up.
Matthew Thompson, a Divorce Attorney and Family Law Adj. Professor at MC Law, reminds you to do your best to prevent “forest fires!”!