Sunday, September 6, 2009

Divorce and Dating: When Can You Start?

Let's assume you have lived with your worthless spouse, "Sluggo," for many years and now you are finally getting a divorce. You can't wait to get started on your new life and maybe meeting "Mr. Right!" When can you start dating again? Can you begin dating after your divorce attorney has filed your divorce documents?
In Georgia, the simple, unequivocal answer is: NO! NO! NO! You cannot, should not, must not begin dating or looking for Mr. Right until AFTER your divorce is final! Filing the documents begins the process; but it takes a final divorce decree to complete it.
Please consult with your divorce lawyer about this question, but, I can tell you that, in Georgia, dating and adultery can have dire consequences for you and your divorce! For example, adultery can operate as a bar to alimony. In addition, if you are engaged in a child custody battle, Sluggo's divorce attorney will probably try to spin evidence of your dating to attempt to show your unfitness as a custodial parent.
The bottom line is that, (at least in Georgia), you should NOT begin dating until AFTER your divorce is final! Look at it this way: You have put up with living with Sluggo for this long; so, surely you can manage not dating for just a little while longer, too!


  1. Oooohhh good tip! And also: NO NO NO NO lookie lookie for love online. It's no fun and it's a sure way to be disappointed.

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