Dating While Divorcing: A North Shore, Massachusetts, Law Firm


In the past, divorce legal processes were influenced by a broad range of "moral"-related issues. Now, divorcing individuals are free to make many decisions during the divorce process, including the choice of beginning to date before a divorce is finalized.

Though dating during your divorce won't normally affect your divorce, it can if you make certain missteps. At the Law Office Of Annette Baker, we can provide the counsel you need to make strategic dating decisions during your divorce. For instance:

  • It is ok to go on dates with your new girlfriend or boyfriend. If you spend marital assets on your new partner, though, your property division rights may be effected.
  • Court officials may be concerned if you introduce your new girlfriend or boyfriend to your children prior to the finalization of your divorce.

As you can see, this is largely just common sense stuff. Determining the right time to move on into a new relationship is something only you can determine. It's your life and your needs. It just makes sense to take into consideration the court's concerns as you enjoy your new relationship.

Feeling Guilty Won't Help Your Case. Being Smart Will.

As a practical person and a seasoned lawyer, I feel bad when my clients say that they are "racked with guilt" regarding dating within a marriage or during a divorce. All I can say is to take it easy on yourself and be smart.

Being smart means being strategic and being discrete. Consider not charging flowers and hotel fees on a credit card! Soon the court will investigate the facts of your case. It makes sense to not leave a trail leading to information you'd like to remain private.

Also, certain behaviors will anger your spouse. An angry spouse can be an expensive spouse and a time-consuming spouse during a divorce. For more information regarding dating and divorce, please contact me.

Contact Us: Providing Counsel Regarding Dating While Divorcing

The Massachusetts Law Office Of Annette Baker is located in Beverly's Cummings Center, an award-winning restoration of the former United Shoe Machinery plant. The Cummings Center features free parking, easy access by the MBTA bus and North Shore commuter rail, and convenient access via routes 1-A, 62 or 128.

We accept all major credit cards, and we are easily reached: simply call 978-712-4268 or complete the online form on our contact us page.