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Dating While Separated

Some people choose to just take a break and spend time focusing on their recovery. Other people decide to jump back into the dating scene and go straight to meeting other people. Everyone has their own way of getting over a breakup. And normally, this would be okay. But if you are married, that’s when things might get a little problematic.

Can I Date?

Technically, yes! But a number of things about it can still get you in some sort of trouble.

If you and your spouse are on bad terms with one another, having them find out you’re already dating could have them retaliate unreasonably. It could affect the pending divorce and just make things worse. But if you and your spouse are pretty clear about it, you can most definitely go on ahead.

What Do I Do?

The best way to know you’re in the clear is to talk with your ex-spouse. Explain that it is your right in a nice way and have a mature conversation about it.

If your spouse is the difficult type, it is safest to wait until that divorce is finalized before dating. You should also make sure that you’re ready to go back to dating. Just because you can go back to dating doesn’t mean that you should. If you’re still not emotionally ready, take some time before you put yourself out there again.

Before jumping into things like dating, it’s always good to think about the effect it’ll have on you and your children. If you go straight to dating while only separated, trouble could still make its way to you. And as much as dating might seem like a good idea right now, the best thing you should do first would be to make sure that you won’t get into any unnecessary trouble if people found out that you’re already dating.

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Mr. Hutton is a Divorce and Custody Lawyer based out of Round Rock, TX. His background is with child psychology at Arizona State University where he received a B.S. in 2006, and he continued this by working with the Children’s Right’s Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law where he received his J.D. in 2009. Throughout his practice, he has been a strong proponent of utilizing modern technology to improve his practice and the representation of his clients. He currently is the technology chair of CAFA of Travis County and is committed to improving and modernizing the practice of law in Texas. If you have any questions you can contact him at timothy.hutton@austintexaslegal.com

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