Is Dating During My Divorce a Bad Idea?

For those going through the divorce process, it is not uncommon to feel lonely or crave companionship. Dating someone new can give you a major self-esteem boost and give you a renewed sense of confidence. However, you may have to pay a heavy price for it. Dating before the divorce process is finalized can have some serious negative impacts, which is why it is generally best to be patient and wait until after you are officially single.

Reasons Why You Should Wait

The prospect of dating has probably never been more tempting than it is now, especially if your spouse is the one who initiated the divorce. However, regardless of who started it or what may be responsible for the end of your marriage, dating so soon will likely create a lot of tension during an already difficult time, resulting in an even more contentious divorce. If your spouse is unwilling to cooperate, the process may drag on, incur more legal fees, and cause everyone far more heartache and stress than is necessary.

Here are some other reasons why you should wait:

  • If you have children, dating before your divorce is finalized can affect your relationship with your children. Keep in mind that they are likely having a difficult time adjusting to the news of your divorce and will need you to be as available as possible, so you can help them cope. Unfortunately, if you are spending time dating or are already engrossed in a new relationship, it will leave less time for your kids and your many other responsibilities.
  • Divorce can take a toll on everyone involved. You should give yourself some time to recover from this taxing experience, so you can reenter the dating world ready to embark on a new and healthy relationship. If you do not give yourself enough time to heal, you might find yourself repeating many of the same patterns or mistakes that eventually led to the end of your marriage.

Loneliness is not easy to cope with, but if you take the time to effectively close this chapter now, you can enjoy a better relationship later.

Talk to an Experienced Divorce Attorney About Your Case Today!

If you are pursuing a divorce, do not hesitate to reach out to the experienced family law team at Simmons & Associates for the knowledgeable and compassionate legal guidance you need. You can rely on us to provide the strong legal support you need to achieve your goals and protect your interests.

Reach out to our law office today at (405) 591-2284 to schedule a consultation with a member of our team.