On on hand, the legal consequences of dating while a divorce is pending may be minimal, there are some consequences that can make the process more difficult for you and others around you.Adultery is a bar to alimony and is relevant as a factor in an award of alimony or the division of property only if it is the cause of the dissolution of the marriage or the reason there is no hope of reconciliation.Marital misconduct can encompass a wide variety of actions, including adultery and cruelty.During the proceedings, the fact that a dating spouse is already separated will be noted, but that does not necessarily mean the circumstances of the new relationship will not be considered.Dating while going through a divorce can have a number of negative effects on the divorce proceedings, both in court and emotionally.Additionally, while every state is now a no-fault divorce state, marital misconduct can still be considered in some situations.He has been extremely honest about everything right from the start so I can’t blame him, but we have been dating for three and a half months now, and last night I told him I loved him.He said he likes me a lot, but isn’t ready to say that yet and still has feelings for his ex – and that he just needs time to get over her, finalize the divorce and sell his house, but he can see himself loving me someday.
Most people do not bother to seek legal advice on the issue until after the damage is done.
In addition, in some states the new relationship may be considered in the division of property or alimony determinations, so the dating spouse may not get as much as they want out of the divorce depending on the new partner's financial circumstances.
This is especially true if the dating spouse begins cohabitating with their new partner during the divorce process.
Is it possible that he could still fall in love with me?
Or is this just a bad situation that I should get out of?