Can I Date Before The Divorce Is Final?

From a strictly legal standpoint, the answer is yes. The court cannot consider this fact when determining money and property issues. However, dating can harm the case from a negotiation standpoint. It is likely to reduce the chances of a smooth or early settlement because it typically brings added pain, hurt, or anger to the other party. It is wise to avoid any conduct that might cause complications.

Any sums spent while dating must be returned to the marital estate so your spouse can be reimbursed for his or her share of these expenses.

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Kari and Richard are staunch advocates of the non-court approach to divorce, and are also active and seasoned litigators with over 80 years of combined trial experience in the Illinois divorce courts of Cook and DuPage counties.