Adults having dinnerThis is the final post in a series of articles discussing dating during the divorce process in Little Rock, Arkansas. Going through a divorce can be emotionally and financially draining. Depending upon the circumstances, divorce proceedings can take months and sometimes years to resolve. As a result, many people become involved with new romantic relationships before their case is final. I am often asked about whether a client should date another person while their divorce is pending. It is important to understand that relevant divorce issues, such as finances, property divisions, and parenting situations may be impacted by one’s decision to date. In some cases, these factors may affect an individual’s settlement negotiations or become evidence used against them in litigation. A knowledgeable divorce attorney can review your situation and advise you on the most prudent course of action. If you are concerned about these issues, contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.

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If you are considering a divorce or are currently involved in ongoing divorce proceedings, it is important to understand how dating may impact your case for several reasons. First, a couple’s finances often become the source of heated disputes during a divorce. If one spouse is spending money on a new relationship during the pending case, it could potentially influence the court’s decisions in connection with the division of assets or ongoing support. Second, when a dispute over child custody is an issue, a parent’s behavior is often scrutinized by the other parent during the case. Introducing a new individual into a child’s life, particularly if the person may be considered a bad influence, could lead to negative consequences on one’s custody case. Third, individuals who have decided to share a residence with their new boyfriend or girlfriend during a divorce should understand that doing so may impact their financial settlement. Issues such as spousal support or the division of marital property may be affected. Finally, in cases where the process is dragging out over a significant period of time, individuals who are ready to start dating may wish to expedite the process. It is essential to understand how the decision to settle a case or make concessions during settlement negotiations can impact one’s life on a long-term basis. An attorney can help explain the consequences of settling your case.

If you or a loved one need assistance, contact my office to speak to a Little Rock divorce lawyer. I am experienced in family law issues and can help you understand your legal rights. I also handle matters in Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Springdale, Jonesboro, North Little Rock, Conway, Rogers, Pine Bluff, and throughout the rest of Arkansas.