Get a Call Back Call: 0800 321 3832
Get a Call BackCall: 0800 321 3832

Family Law Blog

Comment on divorce & family law

Dating during divorce—should you?

Perhaps surprisingly divorce lawyers are often asked about dating.

I have no doubt that, for those who feel ready, dating would help with issues of loneliness, comfort and self esteem.

So, go for it. But take care as it may be many years since you have had to remember issues such as walking home alone, watching your drink for spiking, and how to say “goodnight” and mean it (and, whether you do or not).

Most people are changed by a divorce and the trauma of it. Many behave somewhat erratically for a while, so listen to friends advice.

But are there any legal reasons why dating whilst you are going through a divorce might be a bad idea? Could it affect the divorce settlement for example?

Grounds of divorce include unreasonable behaviour and also adultery and these could apply even if separated. But, at least theoretically, the ground chosen needs to be shown to be the thing which caused the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. Surely it would be hard to say that this applies after a separation. But it has been.

Moving in with a new partner could affect any financial settlement, as the new partners’ resources will be relevant to how much money you are deemed to need.

So, I guess the general rule would be: date, but only casually until it’s all over, legally.

Andrew Woolley
Divorce Solicitor

Blog Author - Andrew Woolley

Andrew WoolleyAndrew Woolley

Andrew is the owner and managing partner of Woolley & Co. He regularly offers comments and views on a range of family law issues.

Find a Lawyer

Like most websites we use cookies to improve your experience and provide us with anonymous visitor information. If you are happy with this use of cookies click OK. Read more about our use of cookies and how you can switch off cookies in our Privacy Policy.

[x] Close
OK, I accept cookies