November 18, 2016

Dating and Divorce


At some point after you separate from your spouse, you will probably have the desire to begin dating. In 2016, dating often includes creating a profile on an online dating site. Before you make one, you should consider the following points and contact a DuPage County family law attorney for individualized advice.

First, dating while you are separated is not criminal or otherwise breaking the law. However, in cases where the parties are hostile or are in otherwise bitter negotiations, creating an online profile may be a problem especially if you have only been separated for a short time. If you are in negotiation talks or going to court for child custody or support, alimony, or property division, the presence of an online dating profile could be an issue. Having a dating profile has the potential to change the tone of the settlement talks or courtroom proceedings. This often times complicates the case and makes coming to an agreement much harder.

Having an online dating profile before the divorce is final can also put a cloud of suspicion on whether you were faithful in your marriage. Also, your new love interest could become part of the litigation and be forced to testify at a courtroom proceeding or deposed at a deposition. In addition, the number of love interests you introduce to your children could become an issue in future proceedings.

Finally, according to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, online dating profiles are increasingly used as evidence. For that reason, it is important for the information on the profiles to be accurate. Often times a person’s relationship status on a dating profile is used in court. Other pieces of information that could be beneficial to the opposing side are the number of children listed and what you report your salary and occupation to be.

Setting up a dating profile online when you are separated could be a risky move, depending on the divorce. If you are unsure about how a dating profile will impact your divorce proceedings, it is best to contact an experienced DuPage County family law attorney at Mulyk Laho Law, LLC for a free consultation.