When two people get divorced, there are usually a number of things that represent significant sources of contention. One of the worst things you can possibly do in a divorce case is start dating again during the divorce. Further, in Maryland, you are technically not allowed to begin dating until you are divorced. Keep in mind that if your ex begins having an intimate relationship with someone while you are legally separated but still married , then it is considered adultery. Moving a new partner into your home would be strong evidence of an adulterous relationship. That said, when there are children involved, it is even more emotionally explosive to move a boyfriend or girlfriend into the family home where the children live.
Dating During Divorce Proceedings in Maryland
Dating During Divorce Proceedings in Maryland — Maryland Divorce Lawyer Blog — June 23,
By Margaret L. A series of posts about some common divorce law misconceptions that I have encountered over my years of family law practice, in no particular order. Big Fat Caveat: These posts are intended to provide general information about Maryland law. That is the only way to get advice and guidance that is tailored to your situation.
Can I Date Now?
As a follow up on our June 10, blog more regarding adultery and introducing a new relationship to your child ren , we thought it may be best to touch on dating during your divorce proceedings. Typically, we advise clients to refrain from dating while their divorce is pending and we do so for several reasons. First, as explained in the previous blog, it could be considered adultery to be dating while married if your spouse can prove the elements necessary to establish adultery. Although parties may be separated while waiting for a divorce, they are still technically married and therefore, it is still considered adultery, which is both a ground for divorce and a crime in the State of Maryland.
Those who decide to get a separation in Maryland rarely plan on spending the rest of their lives alone. Not following the rules can result in complications with your separation or divorce. You are finally separated from your ex. Time to start seeing who else is out there, right? Well, not exactly.