Dating before divorce final california

” This question comes up quite often for soon-to-be divorcees.

There is no distinction between platonic contacts and ones that are romantic or sexual, although from a practical standpoint, the romantic/sexual relationships are the ones that draw scrutiny and cause complications.

The reason divorce lawyers counsel against dating while the divorce is pending, even if separated, is that it has the potential to increase both the cost and the stress of the divorce trial. Judges, however, rarely punish someone who begins dating – sexually or otherwise – once they have physically separated from their spouse.

If you find that you just can’t wait until your divorce is final to start dating again, this article provides a few “do’s and don’ts” of dating before you are divorced.

Unfortunately, there is more that you shouldn’t do than should, but first let’s clarify what is meant by “dating.” Legally, “dating” means one-on-one social contact with another person.

Filing a petition and having it served does not automatically result in a judgment.

Other steps must be taken before a judgment will be entered.

You will need to complete your dissolution action and get your judgment either by default (when the other party does not respond), by written agreement, or by trial.

We highly recommended that parties consult with a family law attorney before finalizing a divorce.

You must include three (3) self-addressed stamped envelopes; two (2) for you and one (1) for your spouse.

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