It's time you contacted a
Baton Rouge family law attorney if you’re considering divorced and feel like it's going to be
acrimonious. Even though it might be expected from law firms that a divorce
is likely contentious, even amicable ones need legal representation to
help you through the complexities of divorce and family law. In family
law, though, it's expected that situations are going to arise that
could cause some controversy. One such situation we encounter here at
The Layfield Law Firm, LLC is when a divorced spouse starts dating in
the middle of divorce negotiations.
How will this affect things in the long run when we represent you during
a divorce and in working with family law?
How Dating During a Divorce Used to Work
In a different era, it's possible that if you dated during a divorce,
you could be cited for adultery. It's true dating before a divorce
is finalized could still be a tricky legal problem. Nevertheless, that
legal move doesn't typically happen today. Now, most couples are concerned
about how dating will affect negotiations when working out child custody
and other private issues. While working out divorce related issues is
possible, it makes it much more difficult to negotiate when one spouse
is angry over the other spouse having someone move in with them already.
What are the repercussions from the court if you decide to date before
the divorce is officially approved?
Custody Decisions from a Judge
When the judge deciding child custody and other issues studies your background,
your dating life might affect a lot more than you think. Generally, dating
should not have a great effect on your case as long as the new relationship
is not negatively impacting the children. However, the judge may think
you're not a suitable parent dating this early, and this could alter
how much time you spend with your child or children. In fact, primary
custody may go to the other parent if other egregious issues happen to
be evident in addition to your current relationship.
Overall, dating before a divorce is final is something we discourage. If
you happen to be dating someone, it's best to tell that person to
hold off on moving in with you until the divorce is official. While you
may try to hide it, evidence may still get out and hurt your chances at
having an amicable resolution.
Most of all, we want you to think of the welfare of your children. They
should always come first, and they may not be happy about your dating so soon.
These are issues we'll help you with here at The Layfield Law Firm, LLC.
Contact us and we'll help you through the entire divorce process and educate
you on family law. As much as we'll help you, you also need to help
yourself in doing the right thing for your children.