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Will dating hurt my divorce case?

| Jan 12, 2021 | Divorce |

There is no Nevada state law prohibiting you from dating before your divorce is finalized. However, it is generally a good idea to refrain from pursuing new relationships until after your current marriage comes to an official end. This may be especially true if you have children with your current spouse. Let’s take a look at some of the pitfalls of seeing other people before your divorce is finalized.

It could have a negative impact in a child custody case

As a general rule, it isn’t a good idea to expose your son or daughter to a new partner immediately after a separation or divorce occurs. This is because there is a chance that your children could become attached to a person who may eventually exit their lives with little or no warning.

Furthermore, you may not know if your new partner has a history of sexual assault, substance abuse or other issues that could put your child in harm’s way. If a judge has any reason to believe that you lack the ability to create a stable environment for your child, you could be denied legal or physical custody rights.

Are you using joint funds to support a new romantic partner?

Let’s say that you pay for a dinner date using funds from a joint bank account. Doing so could be seen as a misuse of marital funds since half of the money in that account belongs to your current husband or wife. You will likely be required to reimburse any amount that was withdrawn from an account that your spouse might have a claim to.

While you are free to do whatever you’d like after a divorce, it is generally a good idea to be careful when it comes to dating while the process is still ongoing. An attorney may be able to provide more insight into how a new relationship might impact your ability to obtain a favorable divorce settlement.

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