Dating during divorce law
While you certainly can tell the judge that you want a divorce because your spouse abused or you or abandoned you, for the most part simple conflict of personalities leads to most divorces in Texas.You may be wondering- if you can get a divorce for no reason at all then what is the benefit of stating a specific reason for wanting a divorce?Wherever you fall on the spectrum of divorces that I outlined above, understand that in the state of Texas you can get a divorce any reason- or no reason- at all.Texas is what is known as a “no fault” divorce state, which means that you do not have to cite a specific ground for your divorce in your Original Petition for Divorce. DO NOT DATE DURING DIVORCE AND CERTAINLY DO NOT LIVE WITH A GIRLFRIEND OR BOYFRIEND DURING THE DIVORCE.If you feel you must date, be as discreet as possible, preferably not allowing anyone to know you are dating.The challenges that you will encounter as a result of entering into a dating relationship with another person during your divorce will cause issues that are completely avoidable.
The community estate encompasses property that you and your spouse acquired during your marriage.
Until your judge signs their name to the final orders in your case (known as a Final Decree of Divorce) you are not divorced.
This means that if you were to start dating another person during your divorce a court could consider this to be infidelity and it could trigger the sort of analysis we just went through regarding a division of your community state in a manner that does not favor you.
This is true even for spouses that get along fairly well and do not have a ton of simmering anger or resentment towards the other under the surface of their case.
If you are considering whether or not you should begin a relationship during your divorce I am here to argue against doing so.
Accept responsibility for your own decisions, and accept the potentially dramatic consequences of your actions.