Dating During a Divorce in New York | What You Need to Know

Dating During a Divorce in New York | What You Need to Know

If your marriage ends, you may begin seeing other people. While this is perfectly fine, it is important to know that dating during a divorce can impact your divorce proceedings in a number of ways. Read on to learn more.

What are Fault Grounds in New York?

When it comes to divorce, one of the first steps will be determining the grounds on which to file. Fault grounds refer to the legal reason the divorce is occurring. In New York, you can file on “fault” or “no-fault” grounds. A no-fault divorce may occur in the event of an irretrievable breakdown in a relationship for a period of at least 6 months. In New York, you can file on the following grounds: 

  • Cruel and inhuman treatment
  • Abandonment
  • Imprisonment for 3 years or more in a row
  • Adultery

How is Custody Determined?

Child custody is one of the most complicated matters of a divorce. When a New York court makes a decision about custody, they will examine some of the following factors:

  • The parents’ willingness to accept custody
  • Any history of domestic violence and drug/alcohol abuse
  • The safety of the child
  • The preference of the child, if of sufficient age
  • The relationship of the child with his/her parents and siblings
  • The child’s needs
  • The stability of the home environment
  • The quality and continuity of the child’s education
  • The physical and mental health of each parent
  • The geographical proximity of the parents’ homes
  • The parents’ employment responsibilities and lifestyles

How Can Dating Impact Your Divorce Proceedings?

Dating during a divorce can have serious impacts on the outcome of your divorce. For example, if your spouse files for divorce on the grounds of adultery, he or she may be required to provide proof of this adultery. If you are dating someone during your divorce, this can be used as evidence against you. Additionally, dating during your divorce can negatively impact your child custody arrangements. A divorce is a difficult time for a child, and bringing new romantic interests around your children can be difficult for them. A judge may look down on this behavior and it can affect the outcome of your arrangements.

If you have any questions or concerns about dating during a divorce in New York, reach out to our firm to speak with an experienced attorney.

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