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Dating During the Pendency of Your Florida Divorce
We are frequently asked if it is okay to date someone while a divorce is pending.
Florida is a no-fault state and even if you date during the marriage it does not affect the legal outcome of your divorce with one notable exception. If you spend marital money on a date, the court may give your spouse the same sum of money before the court divides the rest of your property during the property distribution.
Equally important as the legal rules of your divorce are the strategy considerations. I'll explain. Although there is nothing legally wrong with you dating someone while you are going through the divorce process, you may not wish to do so. Expert psychologists have verified that, in a divorce, your spouse wants you to feel just as miserable as your spouse feels. If your spouse sees that you are happy in a new relationship, it may be very difficult to negotiate with that spouse to reasonably settle your case. Your spouse may have the tendency to try to drag the case out. When that happens, you spend substantially more in attorneys fees and costs getting to the conclusion of your divorce and on with your life.
Bottom Line: From my experience as a divorce attorney, it is legally okay to date during your divorce, but don't do it.
(copyright Stann Givens 2009)
One spouse must live in Florida for six consecutive months preceding the filing for a divorce. This Florida residency requirement must be met in order for the court to have jurisdiction over the divorce case.
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