As we mentioned in our blog on divorce myths, a sexual relationship with someone other than your husband/wife is still adultery even if you have technically separated.It is an unfortunate truth that in this technological age, suspicious or jealous spouses or other family members can (and do) hack, bug and snoop into computers, phones and emails, looking for evidence of a new relationship.
Sensible precautions with regards to electronic privacy are to be recommended.
There are rules on what sort of information obtained through dubious means lawyers can see, so if in doubt, speak to us about this, and be aware that if you do go snooping on a partner or former partner, it may come back to haunt you.
If you have children, it is always difficult to know what and when to tell them about a new relationship.
For the newly single the thought of “starting again” in a new relationship can be a very daunting one, and we often find ourselves being asked about the dos and don’ts of dating, or starting new relationships, whilst we are still helping clients through their divorce or separation.
Clearly there is no one-size-fits-all advice, and many would question the wisdom of divorce lawyers dispensing dating tips, but as it is something we are often asked about, we thought a few general pointers might help.
For those who feel ready, dating while going through divorce can help you cope with loneliness, a need for comfort, and low self-esteem.However, as separation can be a very sensitive time, discretion is often a good idea.Although technically there are few legal reasons why you shouldn’t date, we often find that new relationships can act as emotional flashpoints during the divorce process which can throw boulders into the path of smooth progress to getting financial and children arrangements sorted out.There is little to be gained from announcing to the world that you are dating while matters are not yet settled.The fact of a new relationship’s existence can be very provocative and it is not unknown for negotiations that have been going well to be derailed by the discovery of one spouse’s romantic liaisons.You need to be aware that a new relationship can give your spouse a ground for divorce which might not have otherwise been available.