Scenario Three If you are engaged in a hotly contested negotiation or litigation with your separated spouse over child custody, child support, alimony, or property division, and you have only been separated say, less than six months, then it is not in your best interests to begin a dating relationship with another person.
An outside dating relationship can affect the emotional dynamics of those negotiations and frequently makes the process significantly more difficult.
Your spouse may be hurt, angry, or embarrassed to find you are dating someone new so quickly, especially if they are still clinging emotionally to the marriage.
In 2009, our legislature enacted a statute that put to rest a problem that had existed in cases.
If the dating relationship under any of these scenarios becomes an intimate sexual relationship, and you are suspected of having been involved with that person before you separated, then your post separation sexual relations could be used as evidence in an case.
The Plaintiff in such a case would be your former spouse suing your new romantic interest.
After months or perhaps even years enduring arguments and discontent, you’re dating again.
You have found someone who makes you feel happy and excited to be around.