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Dating and divorce: Just wait until it's finalized

Many people have a question about how long they should wait before dating when they're going through a divorce. Of course, people do go on dates, but the reality is that they're still married.

The separation date will show a court when you left your spouse, but if there is any question of infidelity, it's better not to rock the boat by dating while separated. Even if your spouse says it's okay to do so, it could be hurtful and lead to arguments down the line.

Why shouldn't you date when you're getting a divorce?

While the primary issues are hurt feelings and the fact that you're technically legally married to another person, there are other factors to consider. If you have children, for example, dating too early could put a strain on your relationship. Your ex could also use this as a reason to keep your child away from you more often, as it may be seen as premature to introduce another party to your child's life.

Most people agree that casual dating is fine, but if you get into a relationship, it could be trouble. If you seek alimony, your ex could use the relationship as a reason not to pay you alimony or to pay you much less than you'd otherwise receive. This is particularly true if you live with that person or if they pay some of your expenses.

More potential unwanted complications

It's also a bad idea to date during a divorce if you are distraught over the divorce. You don't want to put yourself in a position where you're hurting yourself and putting your rights at risk.

For now, stay single and turn to friends or family to help you cope with the situation. Therapists and other medical professionals can also help you talk through your emotions, so you can get back to yourself before you get involved with another person.

These are just a few reasons why it's a bad idea to date when you're getting a divorce. When it comes down to it, your divorce won't take much time, in most cases. Waiting a few months to date or get involved in a serious relationship is the least you can do to help protect yourself and to avoid hurting your ex-spouse. Being respectful will go a long way in your divorce and in helping you resolve the end of your marriage without complications.

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