This post concludes and recaps my series on dating during a pending Virginia divorce. I felt it necessary to write on this topic as, for obvious reasons, people often wish to resume their romantic lives when it is clear that their marriage is ending. While this desire is understandable, it is important to realize that poor dating choices can have a serious impact on your case. If you have questions as to how you should proceed then it is best to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
I have addressed several topics over my recent articles. Issues which I have analyzed include:
- Moving in with a boyfriend or girlfriend while a case is pending
- How spending money on dating will impact your case
- How dating can impact child custody
- Settling a divorce which seems to be taking too long
These are important topics to consider for several reasons. First, moving someone into the marital residence can impact the Court’s division of marital assets. This is due to the fact that marital funds and assets would be seen as being used to support a third party. Second, spending money on dating will generally be acceptable but lavish spending may be considered “marital waste” and will impact how the Court divides assets or determines spousal support. Third, the choices you make, in terms of who you introduce your child to, can impact how the Court views your situation. It is important to understand that a Judge’s sole consideration will always be the best interests of the child. Finally settling a case which is “dragging on,” simply to get it over with, can have a dramatic impact on your future.
One point I cannot stress enough is that you should discuss your situation with an attorney before deciding to simply resume your dating life. Counsel can help you understand how different choices may impact your situation. This understanding can help you to make the best choices going forward which, in turn, will ensure that you end your case in a better place. If you require assistance in Virginia Beach and Norfolk then contact my office today to speak with a divorce lawyer. We also service Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Newport News, Hampton, Williamsburg, and Yorktown, as well as the surrounding counties of Northampton, Isle of Wight, York, and James City.