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Dating While Divorcing: Consider the Consequences

Going through divorce certainly can be tough. It may seem like a good idea, therefore, to find a new partner to help lighten the emotional load. Indeed, most people eventually pick themselves up, dust themselves off and seek new, more rewarding relationships once a divorce is over - so why not start a little earlier?

During the divorce itself, however, a slower pace is often recommended. The actions of people who are in the midst of a divorce can affect the outcome of the process, especially in the arena of child custody.

Handling New Relationships During Divorce

If a divorce is particularly contentious, adding a new romance to the picture could make the process even more trying. Along with the ups and downs of dating, stress could arise when the other spouse finds out about the relationship.

Even when a divorce is amicable, it is still an emotional process. It is important to be aware of the effects of this major life event and to allow time to deal with the changes that have occurred.

This is not to say that it is impossible to foster a healthy new relationship during divorce. There are, however, additional considerations to keep in mind.

Parental Behavior and Georgia Child Custody

It is vital to consider how a new relationship could affect child custody, especially before the divorce is final. Georgia courts consider the best interests of the child when making custody decisions. The dating activities of parents, therefore, have the potential to influence the outcome of divorce and child custody proceedings.

If the parent's new partner is a potential threat to the child, due to a problematic past or current behavior that could harm the child's health or well-being, custody could be negatively affected.

In addition, children whose parents are divorcing may be struggling with the new situation. It is wise to hold off on introducing a new partner to children while a divorce is still in process.

Although a new relationship may offer a respite from the stresses of divorce, the parties should consider all of the potential consequences of their choices.

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