Dating while separated in louisiana

durch  |  27-Apr-2015 03:01

However, I will discuss the legal and strategic consequences. But, I would advise you to think long and hard before entering into relationship before you are divorced, and to remember, if the "new" person in your life really cares about you, he or she will understand the situation and can wait the few months until your divorce is final. Here's why: The bottom line is this: until your divorce is final, you are still legally married. Even though you have a separation agreement, in the eyes of the law, you are still legally married and, therefore, not free to date.

And, while it may seem strange or uncomfortable to ask this question, it is certainly a question you should be asking because what you do during the period of separation can have serious, irreversible consequences.

Beginning a new relationship before your divorce is finalized has emotional, strategic and legal consequences. My suggested answer – my advice to you – would be: don't do it!

While I believe you should deeply consider the emotional aspect of entering into a new relationship before you are legally divorced -- the emotional effect on you, your children, other family members, and even your spouse -- I won't address that in this forum. Realistically, many people are in relationships at the time of the final divorce decree.

I am not versed in psychology or counseling, and I suggest you seek out someone licensed to deal with those emotional issues before entering into a new relationship. Realistically, you are an adult and no one wants to be alone.

However, what is more likely to happen is for the new relationship to have negative effects on issues such as alimony, child support, child custody and visitation, and the negotiations process.

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