Now that your marriage is in the process of being dissolved, you may be wondering if it is appropriate for you to date. You likely feel lonely and you might even feel as though you somehow failed. Although dating can certainly give you a quick confidence boost and even numb some of the pain you are feeling, it is unwise to date before your divorce is finalized for a variety of reasons, which we will review.
The Risks of Dating Before You Finalize Your Divorce
Divorce is an emotional process and, no matter how much both spouses wish for the marriage to end, seeing your soon-to-be-ex move on will sting. As a result, the process may become even more contentious, which can potentially lead to a lengthier and more costly divorce. To avoid the unnecessary stress and frustration, hold off on dating for the time being and focus on smoothly closing this chapter of your life.
Here are some common pitfalls associated with dating before your divorce is finalized:
- Divorce can take time, depending on the unique complexities of your case. If you get involved in a new relationship and it moves along rather quickly, resulting in the two of you cohabitating, it may likely impact your chances of receiving spousal support.
- Your children are probably having a difficult time coping with the fact that their parents will no longer be together. It is important to be available to them and provide the support they need to transition into their new reality. If you start dating so soon, you will have less time to devote to them and they may even resent you for it.
- It is also important to think about your needs and remember how essential it is to give yourself time to heal from your divorce before you dive back into the dating scene. As much as you may want to quickly put this experience behind you, skipping this step may derail future relationships, and you might even repeat some of the mistakes that ultimately led to your divorce.
You have a new life ahead of you, so take some time to focus on ending your marriage before you redirect your efforts toward finding a new partner.
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