” The advice boils down to three words: Don't do it!Most good divorce lawyers strongly recommend that clients their do not date during the pendency of the divorce action because dating during divorce is never a good idea.
In our practice, we always admonish our clients to hold off on any interactions that could appear romantic until an agreement resolving all marital issues is signed by each party and by a Family Court Judge.As an experienced divorce and child custody attorney in Charleston, SC, I can answer your Charleston divorce and legal separation questions.To speak directly with me, please call me now at 843-800-2928.Alternatively, please use the contact form to ask me any questions that you may have regarding your Charleston divorce or legal separation case. You can be sure that I will keep strictly confidential anything that you write to me.This means that a romantic relationship should be avoided until a formal written agreement resolving all marital issues has been signed, at least by the divorcing parties, and, preferably, by a Judge as well.
Sometimes people try withdraw their consent to a written agreement before it has been approved by a Charleston Family Court Judge, so the best practice is to delay dating until a judge has signed the written agreement.
Marital fault must either be admitted or proven to be used as a reason for the Court to grant a Divorce prior to one year of separation.
However, for all practical purposes, proving marital fault against a spouse in the litigation process (without an admission) will likely take at least one year if not longer.
As long as the “dating” does not evolve into a sexual relationship this will be difficult to prove.
There is no legal prohibition to having dinner, going to a movie, taking walks, or speaking with friends during a separation.
What are the financial implications of dating/romance before a Divorce is final?