Rules for dating after a divorce
Any person who has frequent contact with your children can become part of a custody investigation.
If your boyfriend has past issues of domestic violence or charges of sexual misconduct (proven or not), it will have repercussions in your divorce.
Believe me, he will likely react to the fact that you are dating by making your life hell during the divorce process.
He may seek revenge to compensate for the anger, hurt, and embarrassment that he feels you have caused him.
While it feels good to be needed and wanted, it's unlikely that you're emotionally ready to deal with a new relationship.
You will still have to deal with all the issues that caused the breakup of your marriage and make peace with the fact that it's really over.
So what should you do if you believe that this new man is the one you should have married in the first place?
You need to be especially careful if you have children from your marriage.
Legal reasons not to date before divorce As far as the courts are concerned, you are still legally married until the divorce is finalized.
In states that recognize fault in a divorce case, dating during divorce can be viewed as adultery.
Emotional reasons not to date during divorce When you are separated or going through a divorce, the attention that a boyfriend shows you can feel like a breath of fresh air and boost your self-esteem.
While he may serve as a distraction and help you avoid some of the pain of your divorce, you will eventually need to face those emotions.